Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Occurring at a suitable or opportune time; well-timed.
  • adverb In time; opportunely.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Early; soon.
  • In good time; opportunely.
  • Leisurely.
  • Seasonable; opportune; just in time; in good time.
  • Early.
  • Passing, as time.
  • Keeping time or measure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Being or occurring in good time; sufficiently early; seasonable.
  • adjective Keeping time or measure.
  • adverb Early; soon; in good season.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Done at the proper time.
  • adjective Happening or appearing at the proper time.
  • adverb archaic In good time; early, quickly.
  • adverb obsolete At the right time; seasonably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective done or happening at the appropriate or proper time
  • adverb at an opportune time
  • adjective before a time limit expires

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The phrase "timely manner" still could mean that they paid interest on their Tiffany card.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

  • In one 2006 referral regarding SAC, NASD urged government regulators to probe what it called "timely trading" by SAC and two other hedge funds in shares of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.

    Regulator Flagged SAC Stock Trades

  • President Bush says the Study Group's report gives a very tough assessment of the situation in Iraq and he says he'll act on it in what he calls a timely fashion.

    CNN Transcript Dec 6, 2006

  • President Bush today promised to treat each and every proposal from the Iraq Study Group seriously and to act in what he called a timely fashion.

    CNN Transcript Dec 6, 2006

  • President Bush immediately declared that he will choose a new nominee in what he called a timely manner.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2005

  • You remember last week when John Murtha proposed what he called a timely redeployment.

    CNN Transcript Nov 30, 2005

  • The NCSA said it still plans to pursue a petascale computer in what it called "timely manner" and is working with the National Science Foundation.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • The NCSA said it still plans to pursue a petascale computer in what it called "timely manner" and is working with the National Science Foundation.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • The NCSA said it still plans to pursue a petascale computer in what it called "timely manner" and is working with the National Science Foundation.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • The NCSA said it still plans to pursue a petascale computer in what it called "timely manner" and is working with the National Science Foundation.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

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  • In American English (for GMAT) timely is an adjective, not an adverb. do it in a timely manner.

    January 27, 2012