Instant definitions

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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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A period of time so short as to be almost imperceptible.
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A particular or precise time.

At the instant of combustion.

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The current month.

Your letter of the 15th instant.

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A food or beverage designed for quick preparation.
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Occurring at once; immediate.

Instant gratification.

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Imperative; urgent.

An instant need.

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Now under consideration; present.
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Commercially prepared or processed for quick and easy final preparation.

An instant cake mix.

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Appearing, done, or taking place with great quickness and ease.
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Quickly and easily resolved or determined.

Instant lottery tickets.

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At once; instantly.
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Soon to happen; imminent.
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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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Urgent; pressing.
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Present; current.
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At once; instantly.
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(in the) Present (month)

Yours of the 13th (day) instant received.

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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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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.