Definitions for instanceˈɪn stəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•stanceˈɪn stəns(n.; v.)-stanced, -stanc•ing.

  1. (n.)a case or occurrence of something:

    fresh instances of oppression.

  2. an example put forth in proof or illustration:

    to cite a few instances.

  3. the institution and prosecution of a legal case.

    Category: Law

  4. Archaic. urgency in speech or action.

  5. Obs. an impelling motive.

  6. (v.t.)to cite as an instance or example.

  7. to exemplify by an instance.

  8. (v.i.)to cite an instance.

Idioms for instance:

  1. at the instance of,at the urging or suggestion of.

    Category: Idiom

  2. for instance,as an example; for example.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of instance:

1300–50; ME < L instantia presence, urgency (ML: case, example)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. exemplify, illustrate, instance(verb)

    clarify by giving an example of

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. instance(noun)ˈɪn stəns

    an example of sth; = case

    several instances of fraud

  2. instanceˈɪn stəns

    used to give an example

    She made several movies, for instance there's one about World War I.


  1. instance(Noun)

    Urgency of manner or words; an urgent request; insistence.

  2. instance(Noun)

    A case offered as an exemplification or a precedent; an illustrative example.

  3. instance(Noun)

    A recurring occasion, case etc.

  4. instance(Noun)

    A piece of evidence; a proof or sign (of something).

  5. instance(Noun)

    In object-oriented programming: a created object, one that has had memory allocated for local data storage; an instantiation of a class.

  6. instance(Noun)

    A question that can be asked in the context of a computational problem.

  7. instance(Verb)

    To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact.

  8. instance(Verb)

    To cite an example as proof; to exemplify.

  9. Origin: From instance, from instantia, from instans; see instant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instance(noun)

    the act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion

  2. Instance(noun)

    that which is instant or urgent; motive

  3. Instance(noun)

    occasion; order of occurrence

  4. Instance(noun)

    that which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example

  5. Instance(noun)

    a token; a sign; a symptom or indication

  6. Instance(verb)

    to mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact

  7. Instance(verb)

    to give an example

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'instance' in Nouns Frequency: #1247

Anagrams of instance

  1. ancients, canniest, catenins, insectan, tenascin

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.

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