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instantly

[in-stuh nt-lee] /ˈɪn stənt li/
adverb
1.
immediately; at once.
2.
conjunction
3.
as soon as; directly:
I recognized her instantly she entered the room.
Origin of instantly
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at instant, -ly
Synonyms
1. forthwith. See immediately.
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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.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • She instantly thrust in her head and snorted in the direction of the stranger.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • His name was instantly passed on by the fugitive to his fellows as a "safe" man.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He instantly drew back; but it was too late, they had recognised him.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
British Dictionary definitions for instantly

instantly

/ˈɪnstəntlɪ/
adverb
1.
immediately; at once
2.
(archaic) urgently or insistently
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Word Origin and History for instantly
adv.

late 15c., "urgently, persistently," from instant (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "immediately" is 1550s.

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