instance Definition

  • 1an example of a particular type of action or situation
  • 2a single occurrence or happening of something

Using instance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "instance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The report highlights several instances of corruption within the company.

  • Example

    There have been several instances of violence at the stadium in the past.

  • Example

    In this instance, we will need to seek legal advice.

  • Example

    I can't think of a single instance where he was wrong.

instance Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with instance

  • used to introduce an example or explanation of something that has just been mentioned


    I enjoy outdoor activities, for instance, hiking and camping.

  • as the first step in a process or series of actions


    You should contact your local council in the first instance if you have any concerns about noise pollution.

  • a variable that is associated with a particular object or instance of a class


    In object-oriented programming, an instance variable is a variable defined in a class, for which each instantiated object of the class has a separate copy.

Origins of instance

from Latin 'instantia', meaning 'presence'


Summary: instance in Brief

The term 'instance' [ˈɪnstəns] refers to an example or occurrence of a particular type of action or situation. It can be used to describe a single event or multiple events, such as 'There have been several instances of violence at the stadium in the past.' 'Instance' is often used in phrases like 'for instance,' which introduces an example, and 'in the first instance,' which refers to the first step in a process.

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