[ tahym-lee ]
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adjective,time·li·er, time·li·est.
  1. occurring at a suitable time; opportune; well-timed: Our priority is to identify threats against the U.S. and provide accurate, timely warnings.

  2. occurring within an expected time frame;prompt: To ensure timely delivery, orders with multiple products may ship separately.

  1. Archaic. early.

  1. seasonably; opportunely.

  2. Archaic. early or soon.

Origin of timely

First recorded before 1000; Middle English tim(e)liche, Old English tīmlīce (adverb); see time, -ly

synonym study For timely

1. See opportune.

Other words from timely

  • time·li·ness, noun
  • pre·time·ly, adjective

Words Nearby timely

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British Dictionary definitions for timely


/ (ˈtaɪmlɪ) /

adjective, adverb-lier or -liest
  1. at the right or an opportune or appropriate time

  2. an archaic word for early

Derived forms of timely

  • timeliness, noun

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