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English adjective: instant

1. instant occurring with no delay

SamplesRelief was instantaneous.
Instant gratification.




2. instant in or of the present month

SamplesYour letter of the 10th inst.



Antonymsfuture, past

3. instant demanding attention

SamplesClamant needs.
A crying need.
Regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous.
Insistent hunger.
An instant need.

Synonymsclamant, crying, exigent, insistent


Antonymsbeseeching, imploring, pleading

English noun: instant

1. instant (time) a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

SamplesIf I had the chance I'd do it in a flash.

Synonymsblink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, jiffy, New York minute, split second, trice, twinkling, wink

Broader (hypernym)bit, minute, mo, moment, second

2. instant (time) a particular point in time

SamplesThe moment he arrived the party began.

Synonymsminute, moment, second

Broader (hypernym)point, point in time

Narrower (hyponym)climax, culmination, eleventh hour, last minute, moment of truth, moment of truth, pinpoint, psychological moment, time

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