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

Other Words from instantiate

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

Examples of instantiate in a Sentence

his imposing mansion is intended to instantiate for visitors his staggering success as an entrepreneur
Recent Examples on the Web Popular low-code ML libraries, like SciKit Learn, also helped lower the barrier of entry into ML, allowing one to instantiate ML models using one line of code. Yec, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 So as nonprofit institutions have become larger and big business has risen in relative importance, those trends also will instantiate Conquest's Law. Tyler Cowen Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 And along with these insights, these works instantiate an irresolvable tension between Thoreau’s quasi-sociological worldview and his transcendentalist preoccupation with the individual. R.h. Lossin, The New York Review of Books, 4 Sep. 2020 Dehaene and Changeux postulated that the workspace is instantiated by a network of pyramidal (excitatory) neurons linked to far-flung cortical regions, in particular the prefrontal, parietotemporal and midline (cingulate) associative areas. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019 This required the system to parse and validate the existing shaders as well as the new one, when the new pipeline is instantiated. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 19 Mar. 2020 The metaphors of cleanness vs. dirtiness form the book’s understructure, instantiate its opposition of purity vs. corruption. Janet Malcolm, The New York Review of Books, 24 Mar. 2020 Here, taxidermy becomes a way to instantiate our relationship to bodies—both our own and those of others. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2019 It is instantiated in works that for centuries have absorbed the thought, labor, and substance of humankind. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 19 May 2018 See More

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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