[ 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).

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 instantiation

British Dictionary definitions for instantiation


/ (ɪnˌstænʃɪˈeɪʃən) /


the act or an instance of instantiating
the representation of (an abstraction) by a concrete example
  1. the process of deriving an individual statement from a general one by replacing the variable with a name or other referring expression
  2. the valid inference of an instance from a universally quantified statement, as David is rational from all men are rational
  3. a statement so derived


/ (ɪnˈstænʃɪˌeɪt) /


(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 instantiation



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

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