verb (used with object), in·stan·ti·at·ed, in·stan·ti·at·ing.

to provide an instance of or concrete evidence in support of (a theory, concept, claim, or the like).

Nearby words

  1. instant photography,
  2. instant replay,
  3. instantaneous,
  4. instantaneous sound pressure,
  5. instanter,
  6. instantiation,
  7. instantize,
  8. instantly,
  9. instar,
  10. instate

Origin of instantiate

1945–50; < Latin instanti(a) (taken as combining form of instance) + -ate1

Related formsin·stan·ti·a·tion, nounin·stan·ti·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for instantiate

  • Then any changes you make get synced back and we instantiate them.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow
  • The way you get a ride online is to sync up with our version-server and then instantiate a copy.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for instantiate



(tr) to represent by an instance

Word Origin for instantiate

C20: from Latin instantia (see instance) + -ate 1

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Word Origin and History for instantiate



1946, from instant (Latin instantia) + -ate. Related: Instantiated; instantiation.

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