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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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Instantiate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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