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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
1375-1425; late Middle English; see instant, -ly
Synonyms
1. forthwith. See immediately.
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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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