Meaning of “instantly” in the English Dictionary

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"instantly" in British English

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uk /ˈɪn.stə us /ˈɪn.stə

B2 immediately:

Both drivers were killed instantly.

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  • It's some comfort to his wife to know that he died instantly and didn't suffer.
  • We can now communicate instantly with people on the other side of the world.
  • She was knocked down by a car and killed instantly.
  • She jumps on her children instantly if they're disobedient.
  • The Eiffel Tower in Paris is an instantly recognizable landmark.

(Definition of “instantly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"instantly" in American English

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instantlyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɪn·stənt·li/


With e-mail you can send a message across the world almost instantly.

(Definition of “instantly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)