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

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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 The real challenge came shooting the scenes after Nera's son Jacob arrives, and is almost instantly a toddler. Marcus Jones,, 31 May 2021 The secret ingredient to help your magic shell harden instantly is coconut oil, which also gives the chocolate a glossy sheen. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 21 May 2021 Carbone, an upscale homage to Italian-American red-sauce joints, opened in Greenwich Village, in 2013, and became an impossible reservation almost instantly. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 After arriving in Frederick, the Keys instantly became the pride of the city, which then had about 40,000 residents. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Five seconds later, Steph Curry was dribbling, and then instantly a 30-foot shot was away and dead center. Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 As such, for serious Patek Philippe collectors, who either already have a Nautilus or prefer not to follow the lust of the masses, this is instantly the must-have model of the year (so far at least). Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2021 Everything follows an easy-to-program set of display rules, and can be overridden instantly by our staff without adjusting any code. Propublica’s Design And Platform Team, ProPublica, 23 Mar. 2021 Indiana fired head coach Archie Miller last Sunday, and there was instantly a groundswell of support in that region for the hiring of Stevens, an Indiana native whose connection to the state remains strong., 19 Mar. 2021

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

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13 Jun 2021

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“Instantly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of instantly

: without delay


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

Kids Definition of instantly

: without delay : immediately


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