instant message

[ in-stuh nt mes-ij ]
/ ˈɪn stənt ˈmɛs ɪdʒ /
Digital Technology

noun

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)

to send such an electronic message. Abbreviation:IMCompare text(def 16).

historical usage of instant message

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British Dictionary definitions for instant message

instant message

noun

a message sent using instant-messaging technology

verb instant-message

to send an instant message (to)
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