Instant meaning

ĭnstənt
The current month.

Your letter of the 15th instant.

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A period of time so short as to be almost imperceptible.
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A food or beverage designed for quick preparation.
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A particular or precise time.

At the instant of combustion.

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Occurring at once; immediate.

Instant gratification.

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Soon to happen; imminent.
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(old-fashioned) (in the) Present (month)

Yours of the 13th (day) instant received.

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The definition of instant is something that is urgent or happens immediately.

An example of instant is an answer received very quickly, an instant response.

An example of instant is oatmeal that has been pre-cooked and dried for very quick cooking, instant oatmeal.

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At once; instantly.
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Without delay; immediate.

To demand instant obedience.

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Designating a food or beverage in readily soluble, concentrated, or precooked form, that can be prepared quickly, as by adding water.
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(archaic) Urgent; pressing.
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(archaic) Present; current.
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(old poet.) At once; instantly.
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A point or very short space of time; moment.
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A particular moment.
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A very short period of time; a moment.
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A single, usually precise, point in time.
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An instant beverage or food, especially instant coffee.
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The current month (abbreviated as: inst.)
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(dated) Urgent; pressing; acute.
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Lasting for a short moment; momentary; short-lived.
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Very quickly and easily prepared.

Instant coffee.

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Of the current month (abbreviation inst.).
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(poetic) At once; immediately.
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Imperative; urgent.

An instant need.

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Now under consideration; present.
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on the instant
  • without delay
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the instant
  • as soon as
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on the instant
the instant

Origin of instant

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin īnstāns īnstant- present present participle of īnstāre to approach in- on in–2 stāre to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • 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 Wiktionary