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  • 1At once; immediately.

    ‘she fell asleep almost instantly’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unbelievably, he dropped his head onto her shoulder and fell asleep instantly.’
    • ‘The box fell apart instantly and the whole content of the box slid out onto my desk and onto the floor.’
    • ‘I don't think she'll fall instantly in love with him again and make the same mistake.’
    • ‘Once inside, it is instantly obvious why this hotel's fame has spread far and wide.’
    • ‘On examining the log, the immediate cause of the error was instantly apparent.’
    • ‘It was bailed out instantly, but not before we had once again seen the truth of nuclear energy.’
    • ‘Sometimes I wish I was a writer whom people could instantly recognise by one of their plays.’
    • ‘Most blind people instantly recognise British bank notes by their different widths.’
    • ‘The person does not look different, so the problem is not instantly recognisable.’
    • ‘All he does know is that when the moment comes, he will recognise it instantly.’
    • ‘A perfect deluge of rain instantly followed, and the roads were quickly flooded.’
    • ‘Seeing my eyes fall on the folder, he instantly extends his hand and gives me the folder.’
    • ‘I'm not too keen on directors who think that monochrome instantly adds credibility.’
    • ‘He instantly lifted his binoculars and looked in the direction of the sound.’
    • ‘Oil massage and fresh fish caught and served instantly are a hit among tourists here.’
    • ‘If you saw the film Rain Man this gift of instantly recalling certain information will be familiar.’
    • ‘He said the man, who was young and from the local area, was killed instantly.’
    immediately, at once, straight away, right away, instantaneously, suddenly, abruptly, all of a sudden, on the instant, at a stroke, forthwith, then and there, there and then, here and now, that minute, this minute, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant
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  • 2 archaic Urgently or persistently.

    • ‘The sultan, to be assured of the truth, pleaded instantly.’



/ˈinstən(t)lē/ /ˈɪnstən(t)li/