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

transitive verb

: to represent (an abstraction) by a concrete instance
heroes instantiate idealsW. J. Bennett
instantiation 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 This case instantiates the core principle that simply refraining from discriminating or offering the same services to all children is not enough to ensure that students received a substantively equal education. Olatunde Johnson, Time, 29 June 2023 Right on the cusp of changing the economic paradigm, but before that paradigm was fully instantiated. How To Save A Country, The New Republic, 29 June 2023 What this tells us is that while DeepMind's powerful neural networks do instantiate a representation of the Breakout screen, this representation remains firmly anchored to raw pixels even at the higher levels of abstraction deep in the network. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2023 The late, great Steve Jobs instantiated a corporate culture around this credo and used it to build one of the premier computing companies in the world. Clint Boulton, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 For instance, in the case of analytics, if data is being transformed in the data plane, the control plane can instantiate the pipelines required, spin up additional compute resources and dial everything back down once the tasks are complete. Rohit Amarnath, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 The first, and the biggest, step will be to instantiate and regulate the metaverse as a public benefit/utility, so the greatest number of people can access and benefit from it. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 6 July 2022 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 See More

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Word History


instanti-, form in derivation of instance entry 1 + -ate entry 4

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of instantiate was in 1949

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“Instantiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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