Synonyms of instant
1 momentDictionary • The pain disappeared in an instant.
moment • In a moment he was gone.
second • For a few seconds nobody said anything.
minute • I'll be with you in a minute.
tick (British, informal) • I'll be back in a tick.
twinkling • And then in a twinkling all vanished away.
jiffy (informal) • I'll have this truck fixed in a jiffy.
trice • She was back in a trice.
twinkling of an eye (informal)
two shakes (informal)
two shakes of a lamb's tail (informal)
bat of an eye (informal)
2 timeDictionary • At the same instant, he flung open the car door.
time • It seemed like a good time to tell her.
point • At this point, Diana arrived.
moment • At this moment a car stopped outside the house.
stage • the final stage of the tour
occasion • I often think fondly of an occasion some years ago.
phase • The crisis is entering a crucial phase.
juncture • We're at a critical juncture.
1 immediateDictionary • He had taken an instant dislike to her.
immediate • My immediate reaction was one of digust.
prompt • an inflammation of the eyeball which needs prompt treatment
instantaneous • Death was not instantaneous.
direct • He has direct experience of the process.
quick • These investors feel the need to make quick profits.
on-the-spot • Fare dodgers could face on-the-spot fines.
2 ready-madeDictionary • He was stirring instant coffee into two mugs of hot water.
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burningIf you burn something, you destroy or damage it with fire. (noun)
• a burning question
directYou use direct to describe an experience, activity, or system which only involves the people, actions, or things that are necessary to make it happen.
• He has direct experience of the process.
Thesaurus for instant from the Collins English Thesaurus