If something is finished quickly or on time, then it's been done in a timely manner. Homework, thank-you notes, and your taxes are just a few things that you should complete in a timely manner.

Hear that clock ticking? That's the time limit for learning this word in a timely fashion. But the word timely isn't always about speed — being timely can also mean being well-timed or doing something at the most appropriate moment. If you're going for a job interview, it's important to make a timely arrival. And if you bump into friends just when they were wondering how you were doing, then you've made a timely appearance.

Definitions of timely
  1. adjective
    done or happening at the appropriate or proper time
    “a timely warning”
    “with timely treatment the patient has a good chance of recovery”
    synonyms: seasonable, well timed, well-timed
    suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose
  2. adjective
    before a time limit expires
    “the timely filing of his income tax return”
    acting or arriving or performed exactly at the time appointed
  3. adverb
    at an opportune time
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