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instant(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (immediate)
a. instantáneo
I sent a message and got an instant reply.Envié un mensaje y recibí una respuesta instantánea.
b. inmediato
The fans' instant reaction to the victory was one of jubilation.La reacción inmediata de los aficionados por la victoria fue de júbilo.
c. en el acto (adverb)
The driver suffered instant death when the steering column punctured his chest.El chofer murió en el acto cuando la columna de dirección le perforó el pecho.
d. desde el primer momento (prepositional phrase)
Our dog took an instant dislike to our new cat.El nuevo gato le cayó mal desde el primer momento al perro.
2. (culinary)
a. instantáneo
Yolanda starts each day with a cup of instant coffee.Yolanda comienza cada día con una taza de café instantáneo.
3.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(of the current month)
a. del corriente
We're to sign the papers on the tenth instant.Debemos firmar los papeles el diez del corriente.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
4. (minute)
a. el instante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
It took me all day to make those cookies, and they were gone in an instant.Me llevó todo el día hacer esas galletas, y se desaparecieron en un instante.
b. el momento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
Don't worry, honey; I'll be ready in an instant.No te preocupes, querido; estaré lista en un momento.
5. (precise moment)
a. el instante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
The instant I logged onto my bank account, I knew something was wrong.El instante que entré a mi cuenta bancaria, supe que algo estaba mal.
b. el momento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
The instant I heard Gloria arrive, I went out the back door.En el momento que oí a Gloria llegar, salí por la puerta trasera.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Brush your teeth and go to bed this instant.Cepíllate los dientes y acuéstate ahora mismo.
This party is dreadful. Take me home this instant.Esta fiesta es terrible. Llévame a casa ahora mismo.
d. en cuanto (adverb)
The instant Pam saw the dress, she knew she had to buy it.En cuanto Pam vio el vestido, supo que lo que tenía que comprar.
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instant
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (moment)
a. el instante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
do it this instant!¡hazlo ahora mismo!
not an instant too soonjusto a tiempo
in an instanten un instante
the instant I saw himen cuanto lo vi
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
2. (general)
a. instantáneo(a)
3. (finance)
a.
instant access accountcuenta a la vista
4. (television)
a.
instant replayrepetición (a cámara lenta)
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instant [ˈɪnstənt]
adjective
1 (immediate) [+reply, reaction, success] instantáneo; inmediato
instant access to sth acceso (m) instantáneo or inmediato a algo
he took an instant dislike to Derek Derek le cayó mal desde el primer momento
sweets give instant energy los dulces son una fuente instantánea de energía
his book was an instant hit or success su libro fue un éxito instantáneo or inmediato
2 (Cookery) [+coffee, soup] instantáneo
instant mash puré (m) de patatas instantáneo
3 (Britain) (Comm)
on the 1st instant el primero del corriente
4 (Jur)
in the instant case en el presente caso
noun
instante (m); momento (m)
the instant I heard it en el instante or momento en que lo supe; an instant later she was gone un instante or momento después se había ido
Jed hesitated for an instant Jed dudó un instante or un momento
in an instant en un instante or momento
the next instant un momento después
put it down this instant! ¡deja eso ahora mismo!
at that very instant the phone rang en ese mismo instante or momento sonó el teléfono
we were chatting about this and that, and the next instant she hung up
modifier
instant access account (n) cuenta (f) de acceso instantáneo or inmediato
instant camera (n) cámara (f) de fotos instantánea; polaroid (f);&trade
instant death (n) muerte (f) instantánea or en el acto
instant gratification (n) satisfacción (f) inmediata
instant replay (n) (Dep) repetición (f) de la jugada
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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