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Topic: FOOD DISH

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: Latin instans, present participle of instare 'to stand on, be present', from stare 'to stand'

instant

1 adjective
     
in‧stant1 S3
1 [usually before noun] happening or produced immediately [= immediate]:
an instant success
a system that provides instant access to client information
The women took an instant dislike to one another.
The programme brought an instant response.
2 [only before noun]DFF instant food, coffee etc is in the form of powder and prepared by adding hot water:
instant coffee
instant soup
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