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instant

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noun in·stant \ˈin(t)-stənt\

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 in a Sentence

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

  2. The ride was over in an instant.

Recent Examples of instant from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of instant

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


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instant

adjective in·stant

Definition of instant

  1. 1 :  importunate, urgent

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

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

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

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

instantness

noun

Examples of instant in a Sentence

  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?

Recent Examples of instant from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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



INSTANT Defined for English Language Learners

instant

play
noun

Definition of instant for English Language Learners

  • : a very short period of time

instant

adjective

Definition of instant for English Language Learners

  • : 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


INSTANT Defined for Kids

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instant

play
noun in·stant \ˈin-stənt\

Definition of instant for Students

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


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instant

play
adjective in·stant

Definition of instant for Students

  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


Law Dictionary

instant

adjective in·stant

Legal Definition of instant

  1. :  being under present consideration the questions presented in the instant case



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