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[kwik-lee] /ˈkwɪk li/
with speed; rapidly; very soon.
Origin of quickly
before 1000; Middle English quikly. See quick, -ly
Can be confused
quick, quickly (see usage note at quick)
Usage note
See quick. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When you go to a fast-food restaurant, you expect to get your fries quickly.
  • Instead, the length of some courses will be based on how quickly students can master the subject, he said.
  • The new findings could boost hopes for species whose habitats are quickly changing due to climate change, experts say.
  • The researchers contend that the adult brain is thus more changeable more quickly than anyone thought.
  • Hunt suspected that humans alone could not destroy the forests this quickly.
  • Boned thighs soak up a coconut marinade and cook quickly on the grill.
  • In exchange, she said, universities need to push students to do better to earn their degrees more quickly.
  • There is also the question of how quickly such a link could be built.
  • Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts.
  • If you're trying to convince your boss to let you telecommute, you quickly run into a data problem.
Word Origin and History for quickly

late Old English cwiculice "vigorously, keenly;" see quick (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "rapidly, in a short space of time" is from c.1200.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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