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instant

adjective

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1 done or occurring without any noticeable lapse in time
  • an instant response to the cry for help

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2 needing immediate attention
  • an instant need for food supplies in the famine-stricken country

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3 existing or in progress right now
  • we should be more concerned with instant dangers than with those in the far-off future

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instant

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of instant (Entry 2 of 2)

a very small space of time
  • it all happened in an instant

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The first known use of instant was in the 14th century

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instant

instantaneous

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“Instant.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/instant. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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