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tr.v. in·stan·ti·at·ed, in·stan·ti·at·ing, in·stan·ti·ates
To represent (an abstract concept) by a concrete or tangible example: "Two apples ... both instantiate the single universal redness" (J. Holloway).

[Latin īnstantia, example; see instance + -ate.]

in·stan′ti·a′tion n.
in·stan′tia·tive (-stăn′shə-tĭv) adj.
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1. (Logic) the act or an instance of instantiating
2. (Logic) the representation of (an abstraction) by a concrete example
3. (Logic) logic
a. the process of deriving an individual statement from a general one by replacing the variable with a name or other referring expression
b. the valid inference of an instance from a universally quantified statement, as David is rational from all men are rational
c. a statement so derived
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Noun1.instantiation - a representation of an idea in the form of an instance of it; "how many instantiations were found?"
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
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