instantiate

verb
in·​stan·​ti·​ate | \ in-ˈstan(t)-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce instantiate (audio) \
instantiated; instantiating

Definition of instantiate

transitive verb

: to represent (an abstraction) by a concrete instance heroes instantiate ideals— W. J. Bennett

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Other Words from instantiate

instantiation \ in-​ˌstan(t)-​shē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce instantiation (audio) \ noun

Examples of instantiate in a Sentence

his imposing mansion is intended to instantiate for visitors his staggering success as an entrepreneur

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It is instantiated in works that for centuries have absorbed the thought, labor, and substance of humankind. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of instantiate

1949, in the meaning defined above

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