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instantly

[in-stuhnt-lee]
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adverb
  1. immediately; at once.
  2. urgently.
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conjunction
  1. 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

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Related Words for instantly

instantaneously, immediately, directly, forthwith, now, away, pronto, right, spontaneously, PDQ, double-time, instanter

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Historical Examples of instantly

  • 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.

  • She instantly thrust in her head and snorted in the direction of the stranger.

  • His name was instantly passed on by the fugitive to his fellows as a "safe" man.

  • He instantly drew back; but it was too late, they had recognised him.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder


British Dictionary definitions for instantly

instantly

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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