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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) + -ate1
Related forms
instantiation, noun
instantiative, adjective Unabridged
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  • Then any changes you make get synced back and we instantiate them.

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  • The way you get a ride online is to sync up with our version-server and then instantiate a copy.

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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.

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