- immediately; at once.
- as soon as; directly: I recognized her instantly she entered the room.
Origin of instantly
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1. forthwith. See immediately.
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“Yeah, and the year I was born,” I said, instantly realizing that was the wrong thing to say.Ben Bradlee Was the Last of the Newspaper Giants
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As she spoke, Geta lifted the curtain, and Philothea instantly obeyed the signal.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
And when the wrenching at his forearms ceased he instantly relaxed his grip.
His name was instantly passed on by the fugitive to his fellows as a "safe" man.
She instantly thrust in her head and snorted in the direction of the stranger.
He instantly drew back; but it was too late, they had recognised him.Life in London
- immediately; at once
- archaic urgently or insistently
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Word Origin and History for instantly
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