One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘instant access to your money’
immediate, instantaneous, on-the-spot, prompt, direct, swift, speedy, rapid, quick, expeditious, express, lightning, sudden, precipitate, abrupt
informal snappy, p.d.q., p.d.q. pretty damn quick
literary fleet, rathe
2‘the additives in instant meals’
pre-prepared, ready prepared, ready mixed, pre-cooked, fast, easy to prepare, quick to prepare, easy to make, quick to make, microwaveable, convenience, TV
1‘there'll never be an instant quite like this again’
moment, time, point in time, moment in time, minute, second, hour
stage, phase, juncture, point
2‘it all happened in an instant’
short time, little while, bit, moment, minute, second, split second, trice, twinkling, twinkling of an eye, flash, no time, less than no time, no time at all
informal sec, nanosecond, jiffy, jiff, two shakes of a lamb's tail, the blink of an eye
British informal mo, two ticks
North American informal snap
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