instant

[ in-stuhnt ]
/ ˈɪn stənt /

noun

adjective

adverb

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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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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