Definition of instantiate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Represent as or by an instance.

    ‘a study of two groups who seemed to instantiate productive aspects of this’
    • ‘Solving the constraints instantiates the reference time variables of the control commands, which are then sent to the module controllers in order to execute the schedule.’
    • ‘This is a hardware module that instantiates the design under test, together with data generators and checkers.’
    • ‘The fire, the water that cooks and vaporizes, lifting the huge lids, instantiate change and transformation, and toward the end of the video we are left with an aerial view of a smoldering field, an apocalyptic landscape.’
    • ‘To assign a word to a particular word class - to say of a word that it is a noun, verb, or whatever - is to claim that the word instantiates the schematically characterized word class.’
    • ‘The function instantiates an object of the user class.’
    • ‘In all facets of its being, the monster instantiates the limits of the thinkable.’
    • ‘This series of sonnets instantiates the physical nearness and reality of that satisfied love, rather than the distant longing of the courtly tradition.’
    • ‘In any particular situation, the virtuous person acts in such a way that he instantiates all of the relevant virtues.’
    • ‘If I've analyzed the results correctly, it appears that the ‘incorrect’ interpretations of phrases instantiating these templates far outnumber the ‘correct’ interpretations.’
    • ‘The designer then instantiates root modules to represent the entire device being modeled.’
    • ‘Chandler suggests that casuistry instantiates the very form of deliberation as value-constructing activity, and he explains its historical evolution from the classical Jesuit activity to English Romanticism.’
    • ‘The elaboration process instantiates modules, evaluates and propagates symbolic constants, checks the connectivity of all the devices and produces a checked, consistent design.’
    • ‘Now some might point to the use of the free - or - subscribe model in television and more recently radio broadcasting, and others will hold up this model as further instantiating society's class basis.’
    • ‘Its poetics of indeterminacy dissolves centres and borders and instantiates a refigured poetics of the body.’
    • ‘The locator instantiates our dynamic proxy implementation of StockQuote.’
    • ‘God offers to the life-process opportunities for instantiating new forms of order, but these are not forcefully imprinted on living beings.’
    • ‘If a contract is activated, that's like instantiating the code and running it to discover its conclusions - the outcome code can't be known without running it.’
    • ‘By instantiating these operators with proper knowledge at different levels of abstraction, spatial aggregation allows specification of a variety of application programs.’
    • ‘The book thereby instantiates the very same dynamics as constitutes her prototypical Melanesian agent.’
    • ‘Kirby provides us with a clear example of how these non-white characters instantiate the nobility of the white loyalist's enterprise.’
    epitomize, exemplify, be representative of, represent, be characteristic of, characterize
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1be instantiatedPhilosophy (of a universal or abstract concept) have an instance; be represented by an actual example.
      • ‘A particular is an entity which, although it can instantiate (be an instance of) another entity, cannot itself be instantiated by any other entity (cannot have instances).’
      • ‘In practice, Hume accepts such ideas as can be instantiated by bodies, which are themselves developed out of impressions by certain activities of the imagination.’
      • ‘The fact that I do not believe that this property of intrinsic blueness is ever instantiated does not mean that I should give up the concept, any more than disbelievers in Satan should give up the concept of satanic.’
      • ‘The concept unicorn is not instantiated.’
      • ‘But we cannot know that the metaphysical principles must be instantiated, at the level of phenomena, in one particular way.’


1940s: from Latin instantia (see instance) + -ate.