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instant message

[ in-stuhnt mes-ij ]
/ ˈɪn stənt ˈmɛs ɪdʒ /
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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).

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Origin of instant message

First recorded in 1980–85

historical usage of instant message

See internet.
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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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