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verb (used with object), in·stan·ti·at·ed, in·stan·ti·at·ing.
  1. to provide an instance of or concrete evidence in support of (a theory, concept, claim, or the like).
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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
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Examples from the Web for instantiate

Historical Examples

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


    Cory Doctorow

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


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for instantiate


  1. (tr) to represent by an instance
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Word Origin

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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