Definitions for instanceˈɪn stəns
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
in•stanceˈɪn stəns(n.; v.)-stanced, -stanc•ing.
(n.)a case or occurrence of something:
fresh instances of oppression.
an example put forth in proof or illustration:
to cite a few instances.
the institution and prosecution of a legal case.
Archaic. urgency in speech or action.
Obs. an impelling motive.
(v.t.)to cite as an instance or example.
to exemplify by an instance.
(v.i.)to cite an instance.
Idioms for instance:
at the instance of,at the urging or suggestion of.
for instance,as an example; for example.
Origin of instance:
1300–50; ME < L instantia presence, urgency (ML: case, example)
case, instance, example(noun)
an occurrence of something
"it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
example, illustration, instance, representative(verb)
an item of information that is typical of a class or group
"this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"
exemplify, illustrate, instance(verb)
clarify by giving an example of
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
an example of sth; = case
several instances of fraud
used to give an example
She made several movies, for instance there's one about World War I.
Urgency of manner or words; an urgent request; insistence.
A case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an illustrative example.
A recurring occasion, case etc.
A piece of evidence; a proof or sign (of something).
In object-oriented programming: a created object, one that has had memory allocated for local data storage; an instantiation of a class.
A question that can be asked in the context of a computational problem.
To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact.
To cite an example as proof; to exemplify.
Origin: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.
the act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion
that which is instant or urgent; motive
occasion; order of occurrence
that which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example
a token; a sign; a symptom or indication
to mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact
to give an example
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'instance' in Nouns Frequency: #1247
Translations for instance
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an example, especially of a condition or circumstance
As a social worker, he saw many instances of extreme poverty.
- مَثَل، شاهِدArabic
- exemploPortuguese (BR)
- das BeispielGerman
- περίπτωση, παράδειγμαGreek
- उदाहरण विशेषHindi
- dæmi; atvik, tilfelliIcelandic
- pavyzdys, atvejisLithuanian
- piemērs; gadījumsLatvian
- eksempel, tilfelleNorwegian
- مثال، نمونه، مرحله ، موقعPashto
- пример; случайRussian
- örnek, misalTurkish
- 例子Chinese (Trad.)
- приклад; окремий випадокUkrainian
- ví dụVietnamese
- 例子Chinese (Simp.)
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