at once or without delay: Be sure to complete the form accurately and return it promptly.
exactly on time; punctually: The doors will shut promptly at 2 p.m., and no latecomers will be seated.
- o·ver·prompt·ly, adverb
- qua·si-prompt·ly, adverb
- un·prompt·ly, adverb
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How to use promptly in a sentence
As most TikTokers are constantly engaged with their audience in the comment section, you might even prompt the creator to post the video you need.
The error prompted Nielsen’s attorneys to contact Murphy’s legal team to correct the record, which they did.What to make of the DHS whistleblower’s shocking complaint | Alex Ward | September 11, 2020 | Vox
It’s the urgency of this pandemic that’s prompted it, he says.Wearing a mask could protect you from COVID-19 in more ways than you think | Kat Eschner | September 10, 2020 | Popular-Science
Some of that disinformation prompted supporters to physically attack journalists and attempt to invade the National Congress in June.Brazil’s “fake news” bill won’t solve its misinformation problem | Amy Nordrum | September 10, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
That’s precisely what prompted Amy Dekroon, a 16-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, to take a job as a shift manager at a Wendy’s.
TLC promptly pulled the plug on the hit series and Shannon embarked on a press tour denying the claims.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014 | Kevin Fallon | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Schiff, the Hollywood congressman, said that the movie should be promptly released and widely broadcast.
Prosecutors say the two then promised that employee a $10,000 bonus, which was promptly paid.Obama’s Golf Buddy May Be a ‘Hostile Witness’ in Chicago Corruption Case | Ben Jacobs | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Resources were promptly diverted to rescue those under attack, the committee found.Congress Debunks Congress’s Nuttiest Benghazi Theories | Ben Jacobs | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He promptly explained the situation, breaking early for intermission.
Will the new issues promptly retire when their special task is over?Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
And sure enough when Sunday came, and the pencil was restored to him, he promptly showed nurse his picture.Children's Ways | James Sully
Among the clergy therein he finds no offenses, save that a few have gambled in public; these are promptly disciplined.
As soon as he moved aside a little the leaf promptly righted itself.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
Mrs. Kaye admitted her promptly and presented an unstained front, although her color was lower than usual.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton