Definition of instantiate in English:


Line breaks: in|stan¦ti|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈstanʃɪeɪt


[with object]
  • 1Represent as or by an instance: a study of two groups who seemed to instantiate productive aspects of this
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    • The designer then instantiates root modules to represent the entire device being modeled.
    • To assign a word to a particular word class - to say of a word that it is a noun, verb, or whatever - is to claim that the word instantiates the schematically characterized word class.
    • Kirby provides us with a clear example of how these non-white characters instantiate the nobility of the white loyalist's enterprise.
  • 1.1 (be instantiated) Philosophy (Of a universal or abstract concept) be represented by an actual example.
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    • The concept unicorn is not instantiated.
    • The fact that I do not believe that this property of intrinsic blueness is ever instantiated does not mean that I should give up the concept, any more than disbelievers in Satan should give up the concept of satanic.
    • But we cannot know that the metaphysical principles must be instantiated, at the level of phenomena, in one particular way.



Pronunciation: /-ˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • The chapter on ‘egoistic suicide’ is, of course, full of empirical instantiations of this reasoning.
  • In fact the West may begin to lose their local instantiations of these practices as a direct result of on ongoing policy of militarism.
  • Anything more complicated than a colour, shape or number seems to be rather fuzzy, and is defined by family resemblance and a rough collection of properties, not all of which are shared by any instantiation.


1940s: from Latin instantia (see instance) + -ate3.

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