in·stan·ti·ate | \in-ˈstan(t)-shē-ˌāt \
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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instantiation \in-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈā-shən \ 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 There’s a legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act, one of the changes to Congress instantiated after the Republican electoral sweep in 1994. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "The Republicans had Obamacare. The Democrats have net neutrality.," 16 Jan. 2018 Among Democrats, a plurality — but not a majority — think that instantiating DACA is more important than avoiding a shutdown. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Schumer offered Trump something Democrats hate for something Republicans broadly like," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of instantiate

1949, in the meaning defined above

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