instant messaging


Definition of instant messaging

: a means or system for transmitting electronic messages instantly

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Other Words from instant messaging

instant message noun or verb

Examples of instant messaging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Managing Editor Lora Cicalo first heard the news through the paper’s instant messaging system from director of design Michael Price before the tweet. Adrian Vore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Effort behind reporting Trump-COVID story," 2 Oct. 2020 It’s not unlike how instant messaging platform Slack spread initially, winning over individual teams rather than corporate IT departments. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Palantir is leaving Silicon Valley in the most Silicon Valley way possible," 2 Oct. 2020 Members have migrated to other organizing tools, such as their own website and the instant messaging platform Telegram. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Far-Right Group That Trades in Political Violence Gets a Boost," 30 Sep. 2020 Spain will seek to tax all companies that operate telecommunications services, such as calls and instant messaging, according to Telecommunications Secretary Roberto Sanchez. Rodrigo Orihuela,, "Spain Seeks to Tax Facebook, Google Services as Phone Carriers," 11 Sep. 2020 That's a credit to the robust Discord channel – a platform for instant messaging, but containing video and audio options – that the group constructed. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "'We're doing this because we love it': How esports fan group stays connected during pandemic," 2 Sep. 2020 JioMart was launched with a WhatsApp order booking service where customers could place orders via the instant messaging app. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Ambani versus Bezos: Who’s winning the battle for India’s $700 billion retail industry," 31 Aug. 2020 Robert has spoken to Mitsuku via instant messaging almost every day for the last 10 years. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Robot friends: Why people talk to chatbots in times of trouble," 19 Aug. 2020 Today, texting is universal and has inspired other popular instant messaging services like WhatsApp, Messenger, and Telegram. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Businesses, ditch diversity at your own peril," 16 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of instant messaging

1995, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of instant messaging was in 1995

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Last Updated

15 Oct 2020

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“Instant messaging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of instant messaging

: a system for sending messages quickly over the Internet from one computer to another computer

instant messaging

instant mes·​sag·​ing | \ -ˈme-si-jiŋ \

Kids Definition of instant messaging

: a system for sending messages quickly over the Internet from one computer to another

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