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King James Dictionary [1]

PRES'ENTLY, adv. s as z. At present at this time.

The towns and forts you presently have.

1. In a short time after soon after.

Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.  Philippians 2

And presently the fig-tree withered away.  Matthew 21

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( adv.) With actual presence; actually .

(2): ( adv.) At present; at this time; now.

(3): ( adv.) At once; without delay; forthwith; also, less definitely, soon; shortly; before long; after a little while; by and by.

Morrish Bible Dictionary [3]

In  Proverbs 12:16 the word is lit. 'in the day,' or openly. In   Matthew 21:19 , and  Philippians 2:23 the words should be translated 'immediately,' as elsewhere. In   Matthew 26:53 the word 'presently' should be omitted.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [4]


International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [5]

prez´ent - 51  : The strict meaning is of course "at the present moment," "instantly," and the modern force "after a short interval" is due simply to the procrastinating habits of mankind; hence, the Revised Version (British and American) modifications of the King James Version use of the word into "immediately" (  Matthew 21:19 ), "even now" ( Matthew 26:53 ), and "forthwith" ( Philippians 2:23 ). In  Proverbs 12:16 , the uncertainty of the meaning (margin "openly," Hebrew "in the day") has led to the retention of the King James Version word.