1. At present; at this time; now. [Obs.]
The towns and forts you presently have. --Sir P. Sidney.
2. At once; without delay; forthwith; also, less definitely, soon; shortly; before long; after a little while; by and by.
And presently the fig tree withered away. --Matt. xxi. 19.
3. With actual presence; actually . [Obs.]
His precious body and blood presently three. --Bp. Gardiner.
adv 1: in the near future; "the doctor will soon be here"; "the
book will appear shortly"; "she will arrive
presently"; "we should have news before long" [syn: soon,
shortly, before long]
2: at this time or period; now; "he is presently our ambassador
to the United Nations"; "currently they live in
Connecticut" [syn: currently]