instant messaging


: a means or system for transmitting electronic messages instantly
instant message noun or verb

Examples of instant messaging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web WhatsApp was a $19.3 billion purchase for Meta WhatsApp is an instant messaging service that began in 2009. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 5 Mar. 2024 Snapchat, an instant messaging app, is not owned by Meta but is actually owned by the company Snap Inc. Snap Inc. was cofounded by Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy in September 2011. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 5 Mar. 2024 Snap, the company behind the instant messaging app Snapchat, has already come out in support of the Kids Online Safety Act, which could lead to more lawsuits against tech companies that recommend harmful material to young users. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 Messenger was introduced in 2011 Facebook launched its instant messaging product, Messenger, in 2011 Oculus was a $2 billion Meta acquisition In 2014, Facebook purchased Oculus, which offers virtual reality hardware and software, and has renamed it Meta Quest. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 5 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for instant messaging 

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Word History

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of instant messaging was in 1995

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Cite this Entry

“Instant messaging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

instant messaging

instant mes·​sag·​ing
: a means or system for transmitting electronic messages instantly
instant message noun
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