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American English: /ˈɪnstənt/
British English: /ˈɪnst(ə)nt/

Translation of instant in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (immediate)
    she took an instant dislike to him
    le cayó mal desde el primer momento
    instant death
    muerte (feminine) instantánea or en el acto
    an instant reply
    una respuesta inmediata
    instant pictures
    instantáneas (feminine plural)
    instant credit
    crédito (masculine) inmediato or instantáneo
    instant gratification
    gratificación (feminine) or satisfacción inmediata
    Example sentences
    • The proposed Employment Law Reform Bill will change the requirement for instant dismissal in the case of serious misconduct.
    • However, in some cases, instant dismissal may be justified if the conduct of the employee is serious and wilful.
    • He demanded that million dollar severance payments be banned and that directors of large companies be made liable to instant dismissal.
    1.2 (Cookery)
    (coffee/mashed potatoes)
    Example sentences
    • A heap of Scottish mince with instant pasta and cartoned passata can pass for lasagne.
    • Foods with high GI include white bread, potatoes, instant rice, and cornflakes.
    • The inflation rate edged up in December as a result of higher prices of key consumer products such as vegetable oil, soybean oil, and instant food.
  • 2 (after noun) (British English) [dated] (of current month) See examples:in your letter of the 5th instant
    en su carta del 5 del corriente or (in Spain also) de los corrientes [formal]
    en su carta del 5 presente (Chile) (Mexico) [formal]


  • 1.1 (precise moment) come here this instant!
    ¡ven aquí en este mismo instante or ahora mismo!
    at that (very) instant
    en ese (mismo) instante or momento
    (as conjunction) the instant (that) the bell rang, everyone rushed out
    en cuanto sonó el timbre or no bien sonó el timbre, todos salieron precipitadamente
    let me know the instant he arrives
    avíseme en cuanto llegue or no bien llegue
    1.2 (short time) in an instant
    en un momento or instante
    for an instant I thought it was him
    por un instante pensé que era él
    not an instant too soon
    justo a tiempo
    Example sentences
    • But take to the practice field of the Calgary Rockies women's contact football team and thoughts of genteel femininity disappear in an instant.
    • ‘I would like to think they would not make that mistake,’ he warned, the friendly smile disappearing for an instant.
    • But when the children began to read the names, two years disappeared in an instant.
    Example sentences
    • The day has to be right for this, and the evening perfectly balanced, but it's worth waiting for the precise instant of stillness before the stars come out and the pond is just a pond once more.
    • At the precise instant that both boys entered the astounding world of 3 - D, they emitted low moans of amazement.
    • There is not enough bran in this book, not enough of the tangible grit of reality, happening at a specific instant in a precise place.

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