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pres•ent•ly(ˈprɛz ənt li)
If something will happen presently, it will happen quite soon.
If you are talking about the past, you use presently to say that something happened quite soon after something else.
Both these uses of presently are slightly old-fashioned.
Some people use presently after be to mean 'now'.
This use of presently is fairly new in British English, and some speakers find it unacceptable. Instead of 'presently', you can say at present.
You can put at present at the beginning or end of a clause. You cannot do this with 'presently' when it means 'now'.
|Adv.||1.||presently - 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"|
|2.||presently - at this time or period; now; "he is presently our ambassador to the United Nations"; "currently they live in Connecticut"|
you'll feel better presently → enseguida te sentirás mejor
presently, he woke up → poco después se despertó