transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Date: 1949 to represent (an abstraction) by a concrete instance <
heroes instantiate ideals — W. J. Bennett
instantiation noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • instantiate — 1946, from INSTANT (Cf. instant) (L. instantia) + ATE (Cf. ate). Related: Instantiated; instantiation …   Etymology dictionary

  • instantiate — [in stan′shē āt΄] vt. instantiated, instantiating to represent by a concrete example; instance instantiation n …   English World dictionary

  • instantiate — /ɪnˈstænʃieɪt/ (say in stansheeayt) verb (t) (instantiated, instantiating) to form or provide a concrete instance of: to instantiate a particular usage in real text. {Latin instantia presence + ate1} –instantiation, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • instantiate — v. The unholy offspring of instant and substantiate, instantiate means to verify or document an instance of a particular behavior or issue …   Business English jargon and slang

  • instantiate — instantiation, n. instantiative, adj. /in stan shee ayt /, v.t., instantiated, instantiating. to provide an instance of or concrete evidence in support of (a theory, concept, claim, or the like). [1945 50; < L instanti(a) (taken as comb. form of… …   Universalium

  • instantiate — verb a) To represent an abstract concept by a concrete instance. b) To create an object (an instance) of a specific class. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • instantiate — v. provide evidence to support a claim, support with an example; produce a more specifically defined object by replacing some variables with values (Computer Programming) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • instantiate — [ɪn stanʃɪeɪt] verb represent as or by an instance. ↘(be instantiated) Philosophy (of a universal or abstract concept) be represented by an actual example. Derivatives instantiation noun Origin 1940s: from L. instantia (see instance) + ate3 …   English new terms dictionary

  • instantiate — in·stan·ti·ate …   English syllables

  • instantiate — in•stan•ti•ate [[t]ɪnˈstæn ʃiˌeɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing cvb to provide an instance of or concrete evidence in support of (a theory, claim, etc.) • Etymology: 1945–50; < L instanti(a) (taken as comb. form of instance) + ate I in•stan… …   From formal English to slang

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