from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To represent (an abstract concept) by a concrete or tangible example: "Two apples ... both instantiate the single universal redness” ( J. Holloway).
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- v. find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word)
- v. represent by an instance
Latin īnstantia, example; see instance + -ate1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin instāntia + -ate. (Wiktionary)