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[fawrth-with, -with , fohrth-] /ˌfɔrθˈwɪθ, -ˈwɪð, ˌfoʊrθ-/
immediately; at once; without delay:
Any official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith.
Origin of forthwith
1250-1300; Middle English; see forth, with Unabridged
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  • Negotiations were forthwith opened for connecting the convents with the art schools.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • At all events, I repeat my wish that you should come to her forthwith.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Abdullah was only too happy, and forthwith appeared outside, dressed in the very height of Arab fashion, and as gay as could be.

  • A warrant was made out, and he was forthwith sent to the jail.

  • Opportunities for the experiment being at this time abundantly afforded, he forthwith prepared himself for this trial of skill.

    Memorials of the Sea William Scoresby
  • forthwith, he subjected the patient to a prolonged auscultation.

  • If his friends gave him an asylum in their houses, 20 those houses were forthwith turned into bagnios and taverns.

    Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for forthwith


/ˌfɔːθˈwɪθ; -ˈwɪð/
at once; immediately
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forthwith

c.1200 (prep); early 14c. (adv.), from forth + with. The Old English equivalent was forð mid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for forthwith



An order to report immediately (1950s+ Police)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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