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instantly

adverb in·stant·ly \ ˈin(t)-stənt-lē \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of instantly

1 : with importunity : urgently
2 : without the least delay : immediately

Examples of instantly in a Sentence

  1. His voice is instantly recognizable.

  2. They instantly fell in love.

  3. She was killed instantly when her car hit a tree.

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First Known Use of instantly

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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instantly

conjunction

Definition of instantly

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

Examples of instantly in a Sentence

  1. we realized there would be problems instantly we saw the final report

First Known Use of instantly

1793

in the meaning defined above

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instantly Synonyms

Synonyms

as soon as, once, when;

Near Antonyms

after, since;


INSTANTLY Defined for English Language Learners

instantly

Definition of instantly for English Language Learners

  • : without delay


INSTANTLY Defined for Kids

instantly

adverb in·stant·ly \ ˈin-stənt-lē \

Definition of instantly for Students

: without delay : immediately


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