[ in-stan-shee-eyt ]
/ ɪnˈstæn ʃiˌeɪt /

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).

Origin of instantiate

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

Related forms

in·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


/ (ɪnˈstænʃɪˌeɪt) /


(tr) to represent by an instance

Word Origin for instantiate

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