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Definition of "instantiate" [instantiate]

  • To represent (an abstract concept) by a concrete or tangible example: "Two apples ... both instantiate the single universal redness” ( J. Holloway). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "instantiate" in a sentence
  • "What if writing test helpers requires instantiating dependencies that are difficult to instantiate, which is why you haven't bothered writing tests to begin with?"
  • "I use the word "instantiate" because the older word "manufacture" has the wrong etymology."
  • "Associated with the class are one or more methods and fields that are implemented in a specific language such as instantiate a class, you create an object (something real that can be executed in the computer)."