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Meaning & Definition of Instant in English

English

Instant

/ɪnstənt/

noun

1. A very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

  • "If i had the chance i'd do it in a flash"
    synonym:
  • blink of an eye
  • ,
  • flash
  • ,
  • heartbeat
  • ,
  • instant
  • ,
  • jiffy
  • ,
  • split second
  • ,
  • trice
  • ,
  • twinkling
  • ,
  • wink
  • ,
  • New York minute

2. A particular point in time

  • "The moment he arrived the party began"
    synonym:
  • moment
  • ,
  • minute
  • ,
  • second
  • ,
  • instant

adjective

1. Occurring with no delay

  • "Relief was instantaneous"
  • "Instant gratification"
    synonym:
  • instantaneous
  • ,
  • instant(a)

2. In or of the present month

  • "Your letter of the 10th inst"
    synonym:
  • instant
  • ,
  • inst

3. Demanding attention

  • "Clamant needs"
  • "A crying need"
  • "Regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- h.l.mencken
  • "Insistent hunger"
  • "An instant need"
    synonym:
  • clamant
  • ,
  • crying
  • ,
  • exigent
  • ,
  • insistent
  • ,
  • instant

Examples of using

Come here this instant.
Let me know the instant Tom arrives.
I want to buy a coffee maker, I can't drink instant coffee any longer, it's disgusting.