Definition of instantly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈinst(ə)ntlē/


1At once; immediately: she fell asleep almost instantly
More example sentences
  • My headache was even worse now so when I got back into the cabin I fell asleep almost instantly.
  • The cheeses for export are coated with red wax, which makes them instantly recognizable.
  • One of their films is instantly recognizable in a fashion that a Kazan film never is.
suddenly, abruptly, all of a sudden;
forthwith, then and there, here and now, this/that minute, this/that instant;
quickly, rapidly, speedily, promptly;
in an instant, in a moment, in a (split) second, in a trice, in/like a flash, like a shot, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time (at all), before you know it
informal in a jiffy, in a jiff, pronto, like (greased) lightning, stat, on the double, tout de suite
2 archaic Urgently or persistently.
Example sentences
  • The sultan, to be assured of the truth, pleaded instantly.

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Syllabification: in·stant·ly

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