instance

[ in-stuhns ]
/ ˈɪn stəns /

noun

verb (used with object), in·stanced, in·stanc·ing.

verb (used without object), in·stanced, in·stanc·ing.

to cite an instance.

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Idioms for instance

    at the instance of, at the urging or suggestion of: He applied for the assistantship at the instance of his professor.
    for instance, as an example; for example: If you were to go to Italy, for instance, you would get a different perspective on our culture.

Origin of instance

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English instaunce, from Middle French instance, from Medieval Latin īnstantia “case, example” (Latin “presence, immediate applicability; earnestness, urgency”); see origin at instant, -ance

synonym study for instance

2. See case1.

OTHER WORDS FROM instance

coun·ter·in·stance, nounun·in·stanced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for instance

instance
/ (ˈɪnstəns) /

noun

verb (tr)

to cite as an example

Word Origin for instance

C14 (in the sense: case, example): from Medieval Latin instantia example, (in the sense: urgency) from Latin: a being close upon, presence, from instāns pressing upon, urgent; see instant
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Idioms and Phrases with instance

instance

see under for example.

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