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TIMELY (timelier, timeliest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does timely mean? 

TIMELY (adjective)
  The adjective TIMELY has 2 senses:

1. before a time limit expires
2. done or happening at the appropriate or proper time

  Familiarity information: TIMELY used as an adjective is rare.


TIMELY (adverb)
  The adverb TIMELY has 1 sense:

1. at an opportune time

  Familiarity information: TIMELY used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TIMELY (adjective)


Sense 1timely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Before a time limit expires

Context example:

the timely filing of his income tax return

Similar:

punctual (acting or arriving or performed exactly at the time appointed)


Sense 2timely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Done or happening at the appropriate or proper time

Synonyms:

well timed; well-timed; seasonable; timely

Context examples:

a timely warning / with timely treatment the patient has a good chance of recovery / a seasonable time for discussion / the book's publication was well timed

Similar:

opportune (suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose)


TIMELY (adverb)


Sense 1timely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At an opportune time

Synonyms:

timely; well-timed; apropos; seasonably

Context example:

your letter arrived apropos


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