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Meaning & Definition of Instrument in English

English

Instrument

/ɪnstrəmənt/

noun

1. A device that requires skill for proper use

    synonym:
  • instrument

2. The means whereby some act is accomplished

  • "My greed was the instrument of my destruction"
  • "Science has given us new tools to fight disease"
    synonym:
  • instrument
  • ,
  • tool

3. A person used by another to gain an end

    synonym:
  • instrument
  • ,
  • pawn
  • ,
  • cat's-paw

4. (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

    synonym:
  • legal document
  • ,
  • legal instrument
  • ,
  • official document
  • ,
  • instrument

5. The semantic role of the entity (usually inanimate) that the agent uses to perform an action or start a process

    synonym:
  • instrumental role
  • ,
  • instrument

6. Any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds

    synonym:
  • musical instrument
  • ,
  • instrument

verb

1. Equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling

    synonym:
  • instrument

2. Write an instrumental score for

    synonym:
  • instrument
  • ,
  • instrumentate

3. Address a legal document to

    synonym:
  • instrument

Examples of using

My favorite music instrument is the flute.
You play a musical instrument, don't you?