Definition of instant message in English:

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instant message

(abbreviation IM)

noun

A message sent via the Internet that appears on the recipient’s screen as soon as it is transmitted.
Example sentences
  • With respect to an online dating service you could use Skype to allow someone to actually talk to the other person, rather than use instant messaging.
  • What other MSN or any instant messaging pet peeves do you have?
  • For the vast majority of its users, the Internet represents e-mail and instant messaging.

verb

(instant-message) [with object]
Send (someone) an instant message.

Derivatives

instant messaging

noun
Example sentences
  • Even if you don't look at each and every email or instant message they send, you'll have a good idea if they are making smart choices online.
  • That instant message you send from work could put your company's computer network at risk…
  • Just before she began to read, an AOL instant message popped up at her, surprising her a little; she'd forgotten she'd signed on.

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Syllabification: in·stant mes·sage

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