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instant

in·stant

instant

 
 
pronunciation:
In stnt
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, adverb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an extremely brief space of time; moment.
He left the room but returned in an instant.She answered the question without pausing for an instant.
synonyms:
moment, second, split second
antonyms:
eternity
similar words:
flash, jiffy, minute, trice, twinkle, twinkling
definition 2: a specific point in time.
The instant I walked in the door, the phone rang.
synonyms:
moment
similar words:
juncture, point, second
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: happening without delay; immediate.
I can't give you an instant response because I have to think about the matter.The two girls took an instant liking to each other.
synonyms:
immediate, instantaneous, prompt, split-second
antonyms:
delayed
similar words:
expeditious, fast, quick, rapid, speedy, spot, swift
definition 2: needing immediate attention; urgent.
synonyms:
exigent, immediate, pressing, urgent
similar words:
critical
definition 3: needing only the addition of water, milk, or the like to be ready to eat or drink.
I was in a hurry, so I made instant coffee this morning.Instant soup makes an easy snack at work.
similar words:
minute, powdered, prepared, ready-mix
definition 4: under present consideration.
the instant proceeding
synonyms:
current, immediate, present
similar words:
ongoing
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part of speech: adverb
definition: instantly.
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