instantly

adverb
in·stant·ly | \ ˈin(t)-stənt-lē \

Definition of instantly 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : with importunity : urgently

2 : without the least delay : immediately

instantly

conjunction

Definition of instantly (Entry 2 of 2)

: as soon as he ran across the grass instantly he perceived his mother —W. M. Thackeray

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Examples of instantly in a Sentence

Adverb

His voice is instantly recognizable. They instantly fell in love. She was killed instantly when her car hit a tree.

Conjunction

we realized there would be problems instantly we saw the final report
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Nutting instantly fell to the ground, officers testified. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Motorcyclist killed in May I-205 crash identified," 11 June 2018 Marisnick was summoned in place of Derek Fisher, the lefthanded hitting Astros' left fielder, and instantly fell behind in the count. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Struggling Jake Marisnick sparks Astros to win over White Sox," 23 Apr. 2018 The world instantly fell in love with the uplifting melodies and punchy style that would become his signature. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Avicii's Most Memorable Moments: From Madonna to Arenas & More," 20 Apr. 2018 And the character dynamics are instantly gripping and funny: Here are four young people trying to survive in a world that clearly wants to kill them. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Extreme Meatpunks Forever," 11 July 2018 At least, that’s the case that Rihanna has made in the past, with an instantly iconic photo of her riding a jet ski side-saddle, her facial expression non-plussed. Cady Lang, Time, "Jay Z on a Jet Ski Is the Meme We All Deserve This Summer," 9 July 2018 The suggestion, which currently has more than 67,000 replies and sparked many, many more, instantly expanded the movement that was founded by the activist and community organizer Tarana Burke more than a decade ago. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Is #MeToo Too Big?," 4 July 2018 The texture also allows you to easily combine it with a matte liquid foundation to instantly turn it into a luminous one and give your skin an all-over radiance without making your face look too dewy. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Exclusive: Farsali Is Dropping Two New Jelly Beam Highlighter Shades," 21 May 2018 Everyone starts arguing, and then, as if on cue, Monica gets fired, instantly turning her into a Poor Friend. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Revisiting the Friends Episode in Which Everyone's Awkward About Money," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of instantly

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Conjunction

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of instantly was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for instantly

instantly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of instantly

: without delay

instantly

adverb
in·stant·ly | \ ˈin-stənt-lē \

Kids Definition of instantly

: without delay : immediately

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