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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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