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timely

[ tahym-lee ]
/ ˈtaɪm li /
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Definition of timely

adjective, time·li·er, time·li·est.
occurring at a suitable time; opportune; well-timed: Our priority is to identify threats against the U.S. and provide accurate, timely warnings.
occurring within an expected time frame; prompt: To ensure timely delivery, orders with multiple products may ship separately.
Archaic. early.
adverb
seasonably; opportunely.
Archaic. early or soon.
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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, nounpre·time·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for timely

timely
/ (ˈtaɪmlɪ) /

adjective, adverb -lier or -liest
at the right or an opportune or appropriate time
an archaic word for early

Derived forms of timely

timeliness, noun
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