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instant message

[in-stuh nt mes-ij]Digital Technology
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noun
  1. an electronic message sent in real time via the Internet and therefore immediately available for display on the recipient's screen.Compare text message.
verb (used without object)
  1. to send such an electronic message. Abbreviation:IMCompare text(def 16).

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British Dictionary definitions for instant message

instant message

noun
  1. a message sent using instant-messaging technology
verb instant-message
  1. to send an instant message (to)
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