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INSTANCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does instance mean? 

INSTANCE (noun)
  The noun INSTANCE has 2 senses:

1. an occurrence of something
2. an item of information that is representative of a type

  Familiarity information: INSTANCE used as a noun is rare.


INSTANCE (verb)
  The verb INSTANCE has 1 sense:

1. clarify by giving an example of

  Familiarity information: INSTANCE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSTANCE (noun)


Sense 1instance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An occurrence of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

instance; case; example

Context examples:

it was a case of bad judgment / another instance occurred yesterday / but there is always the famous example of the Smiths

Hypernyms ("instance" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "instance"):

humiliation; mortification (an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect)

bit; piece (an instance of some kind)

clip; time (an instance or single occasion for some event)


Sense 2instance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An item of information that is representative of a type

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

example; instance; illustration; representative

Context examples:

this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome / there is an example on page 10

Hypernyms ("instance" is a kind of...):

information (knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "instance"):

apology; excuse (a poor example)

exception (an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization)

case in point; precedent (an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time)

quintessence (the most typical example or representative of a type)

sample (a small part of something intended as representative of the whole)

specimen (an example regarded as typical of its class)


INSTANCE (verb)


Sense 1instance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clarify by giving an example of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

illustrate; instance; exemplify

Hypernyms (to "instance" is one way to...):

dilate; elaborate; enlarge; expand; expatiate; exposit; expound; flesh out; lucubrate (add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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