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Definition 1: a particular point in time - [noun denoting time]

Samples where instant or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the moment he arrived the party began

Synonyms for instant in the sense of this definition

(instant is a kind of ...) an instant of time

"at that point I had to leave"

(... is a kind of instant ) the decisive moment in a novel or play

"the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"

(... is a kind of instant ) the latest possible moment

"money became available at the eleventh hour" "at the last minute the government changed the rules"

(... is a kind of instant ) a crucial moment on which much depends

(... is a kind of instant ) the moment in a bullfight when the matador kills the bull

(... is a kind of instant ) a very brief moment

"they were strangers sharing a pinpoint of time together"

(... is a kind of instant ) a suitable moment

"it is time to go"

(... is a kind of instant ) the most appropriate time for achieving a desired effect

Definition 2: a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat) - [noun denoting time]

Samples where instant or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash

Synonyms for instant in the sense of this definition

(instant is a kind of ...) an indefinitely short time

"wait just a moment" "in a mo" "it only takes a minute" "in just a bit"

Definition 3: occurring with no delay - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where instant or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • relief was instantaneous
  • instant gratification

Synonyms for instant in the sense of this definition

(instant is similar to ...) acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly

"fast film" "on the fast track in school" "set a fast pace" "a fast car"

Definition 4: demanding attention - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where instant or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • clamant needs
  • a crying need
  • regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous
  • insistent hunger
  • an instant need

Synonyms for instant in the sense of this definition

(instant is similar to ...) requiring attention or action

"as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative" "requests that grew more and more imperative"

Definition 5: in or of the present month - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where instant or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • your letter of the 10th inst

Synonyms for instant in the sense of this definition

(instant is similar to ...) temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration

"the present leader" "articles for present use" "the present topic" "the present system" "present observations"

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