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Meaning & Definition of Instance in English





1. An occurrence of something

  • "It was a case of bad judgment"
  • "Another instance occurred yesterday"
  • "But there is always the famous example of the smiths"
  • case,
  • instance,
  • example

2. An item of information that is typical of a class or group

  • "This patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"
  • "There is an example on page 10"
  • example,
  • illustration,
  • instance,
  • representative


1. Clarify by giving an example of

  • exemplify,
  • illustrate,
  • instance

Examples of using

The English articles are bread-and-butter important. For instance, if I ask my English friend to hold my bag for a while, and then ask to give it back by saying "Give me bag", he'll probably steal the bag of the man standing around because he didn't understand which bag was meant.
The history of some words is a real masterpiece. For instance, kaput. The original word was the Latin "caput" - "a head"; and the way from "a head" to "the end of everything" is rather long.
Aluminium and glass are important materials in civil construction, even though not as important as steel and wood, for instance.