instantiate

[in-stan-shee-eyt]
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).

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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instantiation

noun
  1. the act or an instance of instantiating
  2. the representation of (an abstraction) by a concrete example
  3. logic
    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

instantiate

verb
  1. (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

instantiate

v.

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

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