[ in-stuhnt-lee ]
/ ˈɪn stənt li /


immediately; at once.


as soon as; directly: I recognized her instantly she entered the room.


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Origin of instantly

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at instant, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for instantly

/ (ˈɪnstəntlɪ) /


immediately; at once
archaic urgently or insistently
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