instantly

[ in-stuhnt-lee ]
/ ˈɪn stənt li /

adverb

immediately; at once.

conjunction

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

Nearby words

  1. instantaneous sound pressure,
  2. instanter,
  3. instantiate,
  4. instantiation,
  5. instantize,
  6. instar,
  7. instate,
  8. instatement,
  9. instauration,
  10. instead

Origin of instantly

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at instant, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for instantly

instantly

/ (ˈɪnstəntlɪ) /

adverb

immediately; at once
archaic urgently or insistently
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Word Origin and History for instantly

instantly

adv.

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

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