instantiate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin instāntia +‎ -ate.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

instantiate (third-person singular simple present instantiates, present participle instantiating, simple past and past participle instantiated)

  1. (transitive) To represent (something) by a concrete instance. [from 20th c.]
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 195:
      In the eighteenth century, this was instantiated in writings which developed the view that ‘savages’ exhibited more virtue and moral nobility than their conquerors.
  2. (transitive, object-orientated computing) To create an object (an instance) of a specific class. [from 20th c.]

Synonyms[edit]

  • (represent by a concrete instance): exemplify

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