Meaning of “instant” in the English Dictionary

"instant" in British English

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instantadjective

uk /ˈɪn.stənt/ us /ˈɪn.stənt/

B2 happening immediately, without any delay:

This type of account offers you instant access to your money.
Contrary to expectations, the film was an instant success.

Instant food or drink is dried, usually in the form of a powder, and can be prepared very quickly by adding hot water:

instant coffee/soup

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instantnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈɪn.stənt/ us /ˈɪn.stənt/

(Definition of “instant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"instant" in American English

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instantnoun [ C usually sing ]

us /ˈɪn·stənt/

a very short moment of time, or a particular point in time:

At that instant, someone knocked on the door.
Call me the instant you get home (= as soon as you get to your home).

instantadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈɪn·stənt/

happening immediately:

I took an instant liking to him.

An instant food or drink is one, usually in dried or powdered form, that can be prepared easily and quickly, esp. by adding hot water:

instant coffee

(Definition of “instant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"instant" in Business English

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instantadjective

uk /ˈɪnstənt/ us

happening immediately, without any delay:

This type of bank account gives you instant access to your money.
Following a need for instant results, more health care providers are starting to offer online access.

(Definition of “instant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)