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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′tia·tive (-stăn′shə-tĭv) adj.
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(tr) to represent by an instance
[C20: from Latin instantia (see instance) + -ate1]
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v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to provide an instance of or concrete evidence in support of (a theory, claim, etc.).
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Past participle: instantiated
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|Verb||1.||instantiate - represent by an instance; "This word instantiates the usage that the linguists claimed to be typical for a certain dialect"|
instantiate - find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word); "The linguists could not instantiate this sense of the noun that he claimed existed in a certain dialect"
represent - be representative or typical for; "This period is represented by Beethoven"
|2.||instantiate - find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word); "The linguists could not instantiate this sense of the noun that he claimed existed in a certain dialect"|
detect, discover, notice, observe, find - discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"
instantiate - represent by an instance; "This word instantiates the usage that the linguists claimed to be typical for a certain dialect"
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