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English noun: instance

1. instance (event) an occurrence of something


SamplesIt was a case of bad judgment.
Another instance occurred yesterday.
But there is always the famous example of the Smiths.


Synonymscase, example


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


Narrower (hyponym)bit, clip, humiliation, mortification, piece, time

2. instance (cognition) an item of information that is typical of a class or group


SamplesThis patient provides a typical example of the syndrome.
There is an example on page 10.


Synonymsexample, illustration, representative


Broader (hypernym)information


Narrower (hyponym)apology, case in point, exception, excuse, precedent, quintessence, sample, specimen


English verb: instance

1. instance (communication) clarify by giving an example of


Synonymsexemplify, illustrate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate









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