(poetic) At once; immediately.
Other Word Forms of Instant
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Instant
- on the instant
- the instant
Origin of Instant
From Middle English instant (“infinitely short period of time”), from Old French instant (“assiduous, at hand”, adj), from Latin instans, instant- (“present, pressing, urgent”, literally “standing near”), from in + stāre (“to stand”). Compare Old English instede (“immediately, on the spot, at once”). More at in, stand.
From Old French and French instant, from Latin instans (“standing by, being near, present, also urgent, importunate”), present participle of instare (“to stand upon, press upon, urge, pursue, insist”), from in (“on, upon”) + stare (“to stand”); see state.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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