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 Dictionary entry overview: What does instantly mean? 

INSTANTLY (adverb)
  The adverb INSTANTLY has 2 senses:

1. without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
2. without any delay

  Familiarity information: INSTANTLY used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INSTANTLY (adverb)

Sense 1instantly [BACK TO TOP]


Without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening


straight off; right away; like a shot; instantly; in real time; immediately; forthwith; at once; straightaway; directly; now

Context examples:

he answered immediately / found an answer straightaway / an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith / Come here now!

Sense 2instantly [BACK TO TOP]


Without any delay


in a flash; instantaneously; instantly; outright

Context example:

he was killed outright

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