instant

[ in-stuhnt ]
/ ˈɪn stənt /

noun

adjective

adverb


Nearby words

  1. installment plan,
  2. instalment,
  3. instamatic,
  4. instance,
  5. instancy,
  6. instant camera,
  7. instant message,
  8. instant messaging,
  9. instant photography,
  10. instant replay

Origin of instant

1350–1400; 1910–15; for def 8; Middle English < Latin instant- (stem of instāns) present participle of instāre to be present, urgent, equivalent to in- in-2 + -stā- stand + -nt- present participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for instant

instant

/ (ˈɪnstənt) /

noun

adjective

adverb

a poetic word for instantly

Word Origin for instant

C15: from Latin instāns, from instāre to be present, press closely, from in- ² + stāre to stand

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