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instant

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noun in·stant \ˈin(t)-stənt\

Simple Definition of instant

  • : a very short period of time

Full Definition of instant

  1. 1 :  an infinitesimal space of time; especially :  a point in time separating two states <at the instant of death>

  2. 2 :  the present or current month

Examples of instant

  1. For an instant, I forgot where I was.

  2. The ride was over in an instant.



Origin of instant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin instant-, instans, from instant-, instans, adjective, instant, from Latin


First Known Use: 14th century


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instant

adjective in·stant

Simple Definition of instant

  • : becoming something very quickly

  • : happening or done without delay

  • of food : able to be made very quickly : partially prepared by the manufacturer so that final preparation is quick and easy

Full Definition of instant

  1. 1 :  importunate, urgent

  2. 2 a :  present, current <previous felonies not related to the instant crime> b :  of or occurring in the present month —abbreviation inst

  3. 3 :  immediate, direct <the play was an instant success>

  4. 4 a (1) :  premixed or precooked for easy final preparation <instant pudding> (2) :  appearing in or as if in ready-to-use form <instant poetry> b :  immediately soluble in water <instant coffee>

  5. 5 :  produced or occurring with or as if with extreme rapidity and ease

in·stant·ness noun

Examples of instant

  1. The movie was an instant hit.

  2. He became an instant celebrity with the publication of his first novel.

  3. We got an instant response from the company.

  4. The Internet provides instant access to an enormous amount of information.

  5. Is this coffee instant or regular?



Origin of instant

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin instant-, instans, from present participle of instare to stand upon, urge, from in- + stare to stand — more at stand


First Known Use: 15th century



INSTANT Defined for Kids

1

instant

play
noun in·stant \ˈin-stənt\

Definition of instant

  1. :  a very short time :  moment <I'll be back in an instant.>




2

instant

play
adjective in·stant

Definition of instant

  1. 1 :  happening or done right away <The play was an instant success.>

  2. 2 :  partially prepared by the manufacturer to make final preparation easy <instant pudding>





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