from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring at a suitable or opportune time; well-timed.
  • adj. Archaic Coming too early; premature.
  • adv. In time; opportunely.
  • adv. Archaic Early; soon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Done at the proper time.
  • adj. Happening or appearing at the proper time.
  • adv. In good time; early, quickly.
  • adv. At the right time; seasonably.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. done or happening at the appropriate or proper time
  • adv. at an opportune time
  • adj. before a time limit expires


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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