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[tahym-lee] /ˈtaɪm li/
adjective, timelier, timeliest.
occurring at a suitable time; seasonable; opportune; well-timed:
a timely warning.
Archaic. early.
seasonably; opportunely.
Archaic. early or soon.
Origin of timely
before 1000; Middle English tim(e)liche, Old English tīmlīce (adv.). See time, -ly
Related forms
timeliness, noun
pretimeliness, noun
pretimely, adjective
1. See opportune. Unabridged
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  • It seems that the advice is becoming increasingly timely.
  • Ability to work independently, manage tasks to timely completion and appropriately escalate issues.
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  • While caution must be exercised in drawing broad conclusions from limited evidence, further investigation is a timely imperative.
  • Sprains and inflammation can be eased by the timely application of some ice or a cold compress.
  • We had poems there about war and peace-and those seemed timely.
  • Troubleshoot problems and take corrective action on a timely and effective basis.
  • timely and appropriate humor can help students see their professors as authentic and approachable.
  • For years now, it's been increasingly difficult to do business there in a timely way, except for late at night.
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British Dictionary definitions for timely


adjective, adverb -lier, -liest
at the right or an opportune or appropriate time
an archaic word for early
Derived Forms
timeliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for timely

late Old English, from time (n.). As an adjective meaning "occurring at a suitable time" it is attested from c.1200.

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