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[in-stan-shee-eyt] /ɪnˈstæn ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), instantiated, instantiating.
to provide an instance of or concrete evidence in support of (a theory, concept, claim, or the like).
Origin of instantiate
1945-50; < Latin instanti(a) (taken as combining form of instance) + -ate
Related forms
instantiation, noun
instantiative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for instantiate
  • Advocates of this perspective instantiate their claims to the health benefits accrued therefrom.
  • We present formal models of both processes and instantiate each in computer simulations.
  • Of course, the user has to take care of the engine objects he is going to instantiate.
British Dictionary definitions for instantiate


(transitive) to represent by an instance
Word Origin
C20: from Latin instantia (see instance) + -ate1
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Word Origin and History for instantiate

1946, from instant (Latin instantia) + -ate. Related: Instantiated; instantiation.

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instantiate in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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