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Meaning of “instant” in the English Dictionary

"instant" in British English

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instantadjective

uk   us   /ˈɪn.stənt/
B2 happeningimmediately, without any ​delay: This ​type of ​accountoffers you instant access to ​yourmoney. 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 ​addinghotwater: instant ​coffee/​soup

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instantnoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈɪn.stənt/
an ​extremelyshortperiod of ​time: In an instant her ​mood had ​changed. The ​startledboyfroze for an instant, then ​fled. "Stop that ​noise this instant (= now)!" I'll ​call you the instant (= as ​soon as) I get ​home.
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(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 ​shortmoment of ​time, or a ​particularpoint in ​time: At that instant, someone ​knocked on the ​door. Call me the instant you get ​home (= as ​soon as you get to ​yourhome).

instantadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɪn·stənt/
happeningimmediately: I took an instant ​liking to him. An instant ​food or ​drink is one, usually in ​dried or ​powderedform, that can be ​preparedeasily and ​quickly, esp. by ​addinghotwater: instant ​coffee
(Definition of instant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"instant" in Business English

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instantadjective

uk   us   /ˈɪnstənt/
happening immediately, without any delay: This ​type of ​bankaccount gives you instant ​access to your ​money. Following a need for instant ​results, more ​healthcareproviders are ​starting to ​offeronlineaccess.
(Definition of instant from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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