in·​stant·​ly | \ ˈin(t)-stənt-lē How to pronounce instantly (audio) \

Definition of instantly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of instantly (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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First Known Use of instantly


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1793, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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“Instantly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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in·​stant·​ly | \ ˈin-stənt-lē How to pronounce instantly (audio) \

Kids Definition of instantly

: without delay : immediately

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