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The fact that a player is very short of time is, to my mind, as little to be considered an excuse as, for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the time he committed the crime.
Alexander Alekhine

Meaning of "instance" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD INSTANCE

(Case, example): from Medieval Latin instantia example, (urgency) from Latin: a being close upon, presence, from instāns pressing upon, urgent.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF INSTANCE

instance  [ˈɪnstəns] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF INSTANCE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Instance is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb instance in English.

WHAT DOES INSTANCE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of instance in the English dictionary

The first definition of instance in the dictionary is a case or particular example. Other definition of instance is a specified stage in proceedings; step. Instance is also urgent request or demand.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO INSTANCE

PRESENT

Present
I instance
you instance
he/she/it instances
we instance
you instance
they instance
Present continuous
I am instancing
you are instancing
he/she/it is instancing
we are instancing
you are instancing
they are instancing
Present perfect
I have instanced
you have instanced
he/she/it has instanced
we have instanced
you have instanced
they have instanced
Present perfect continuous
I have been instancing
you have been instancing
he/she/it has been instancing
we have been instancing
you have been instancing
they have been instancing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I instanced
you instanced
he/she/it instanced
we instanced
you instanced
they instanced
Past continuous
I was instancing
you were instancing
he/she/it was instancing
we were instancing
you were instancing
they were instancing
Past perfect
I had instanced
you had instanced
he/she/it had instanced
we had instanced
you had instanced
they had instanced
Past perfect continuous
I had been instancing
you had been instancing
he/she/it had been instancing
we had been instancing
you had been instancing
they had been instancing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will instance
you will instance
he/she/it will instance
we will instance
you will instance
they will instance
Future continuous
I will be instancing
you will be instancing
he/she/it will be instancing
we will be instancing
you will be instancing
they will be instancing
Future perfect
I will have instanced
you will have instanced
he/she/it will have instanced
we will have instanced
you will have instanced
they will have instanced
Future perfect continuous
I will have been instancing
you will have been instancing
he/she/it will have been instancing
we will have been instancing
you will have been instancing
they will have been instancing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would instance
you would instance
he/she/it would instance
we would instance
you would instance
they would instance
Conditional continuous
I would be instancing
you would be instancing
he/she/it would be instancing
we would be instancing
you would be instancing
they would be instancing
Conditional perfect
I would have instance
you would have instance
he/she/it would have instance
we would have instance
you would have instance
they would have instance
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been instancing
you would have been instancing
he/she/it would have been instancing
we would have been instancing
you would have been instancing
they would have been instancing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you instance
we let´s instance
you instance
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to instance
Past participle
instanced
Present Participle
instancing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH INSTANCE


assistance
əˈsɪstəns
circumstance
ˈsɜːkəmstəns
consistence
kənˈsɪstəns
Constance
ˈkɒnstəns
counterinstance
ˈkaʊntərˌɪnstəns
desistance
dɪˈzɪstəns
distance
ˈdɪstəns
elastance
ɪˈlæstəns
equidistance
ˌiːkwɪˈdɪstəns
existence
ɪɡˈzɪstəns
inconsistence
ˌɪnkənˈsɪstəns
inexistence
ˌɪnɪɡˈzɪstəns
insistence
ɪnˈsɪstəns
nonexistence
ˈnɒnɪɡˈzɪstəns
outdistance
ˌaʊtˈdɪstəns
persistence
pəˈsɪstəns
pre-existence
ˈpriːɪɡˈzɪstəns
resistance
rɪˈzɪstəns
subsistence
səbˈsɪstəns
substance
ˈsʌbstəns

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE INSTANCE

instalment
instalment plan
instancy
instant
instant access
instant camera
instant message
instant messaging
instant replay
instantaneity
instantaneous
instantaneous speed
instantaneously
instantaneousness
instanter
instantial
instantiate
instantiation
instantly
instantness

WORDS THAT END LIKE INSTANCE

acceptance
acquaintance
admittance
advance
amount of substance
antimicrobial resistance
capacitance
conductance
court of first instance
for instance
importance
inductance
inheritance
long-distance
reluctance
remittance
repentance
stance
the distance
the Resistance
walking distance

Synonyms and antonyms of instance in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «INSTANCE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «instance» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of instance

Translation of «instance» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF INSTANCE

Find out the translation of instance to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of instance from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «instance» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

实例
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ejemplo
570 millions of speakers

English

instance
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उदाहरण
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

حَالَةٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

случай
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

exemplo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উদাহরণ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

exemple
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Contohnya
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Fall
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

事例
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Conto
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ví dụ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

உதாரணமாக
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उदाहरण
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

örnek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

esempio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przykład
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

випадок
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

exemplu
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

περίπτωση
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

byvoorbeeld
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

exempel
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

eksempel
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of instance

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «INSTANCE»

The term «instance» is very widely used and occupies the 6.257 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «INSTANCE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «instance» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «instance» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about instance

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10 QUOTES WITH «INSTANCE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word instance.
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Alexander Alekhine
The fact that a player is very short of time is, to my mind, as little to be considered an excuse as, for instance, the statement of the law-breaker that he was drunk at the time he committed the crime.
2
Christiane Amanpour
For instance, why are we terrorizing this country, leading with murder and mayhem, when crime is actually on the decline, as somebody, as somebody mentioned?
3
Ed Asner
When I was working my way up, it seemed to me that only Westerns and 'Star Treks' or sci-fi movies could afford to get away with presenting the problems - like prejudice and desegregation, for instance - that we face in our everyday lives.
4
Warren Beatty
Although Ronald Reagan was somebody I disagreed with on most ideological things, he was a friend of mine, and he was a very, very likable man. Ronald Reagan, for instance, was maybe more able to get the very rich to do the right thing sometimes.
5
Saul Bellow
There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.
6
Hans Bender
You shall always find what you created in your mind, for instance, a benevolent God or an evil Devil. Between them are countless facets. Therefore, concentrate on the depth of your consciousness and on what you consider to be positive and good.
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Alan Bennett
I always like to break out and address the audience. In 'The History Boys', for instance, without any ado, the boys will suddenly turn and talk to the audience and then go back into the action. I find it more adventurous doing it in prose than on the stage, but I like being able to make the reader suddenly sit up.
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Brian Blessed
People talk about the difference between radio acting, TV acting and stage acting, but I think it's all the same. For instance, when I played Vultan in 'Flash Gordon,' I put as much energy into it as I would with 'King Lear' - it's all part of the same thing.
9
Martin Van Buren
The United States have fulfilled in good faith all their treaty stipulations with the Indian tribes, and have in every other instance insisted upon a like performance of their obligations.
10
Thomas P. Campbell
Technology is in fact one of the most exciting things that's happened to museums today - but one has to be careful about where one uses it. For instance, the Internet provides an incredible opportunity. It is a way for us to reach audiences around the world and further our educational mission.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «INSTANCE»

Discover the use of instance in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to instance and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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An Instance Of The Fingerpost
Set in Oxford in the 1660s - a time and place of great intellectual, religious, scientific and political ferment - this remarkable novel centres around a young woman, Sarah Blundy, who stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow ...
Iain Pears, 2011
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An Instance of Treason: Ozaki Hotsumi and the Sorge Spy Ring
This is the only complete, authoritative account of the most brilliantly successful espionage operation of the twentieth century: the notorious Communist spy ring headed by Dr. Richard Sorge, whose cover was that of senior German journalist ...
Chalmers A. Johnson, 1990
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Tragic Instance: The Sequence of Shakespeare's Tragedies
Tragic Instance follows Shakespeare's progress through his tragedies.
Ralph Berry, 1999
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AN Instance of the Fingerpost
In 1663 Oxford, a servant girl confesses to a murder. But four witnesses--a medical student, the son of a traitor, a cryptographer, and an archivist--each finger a different culprit...
Iain Pears, 1999
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Take Danish, for Instance: Linguistic Studies in Honour of ...
The contributors are linguists from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, and USA. Beyond the papers, the book contains a bibliography on Hans Basbølls work from 1968 to 2003.
Hans Basbøll, Henrik Galberg Jacobsen, 2003
6
Optimal Instance Selection for Improved Decision Tree
Instance selection plays an important role in improving scalability of data mining algorithms, but it can also be used to improve the quality of the data mining results.
Shuning Wu, 2007
7
Abstraction and instance: the type-token relation in ...
The book aims to lead the reader to the perception of a problem fundamental to our understanding of language, yet largely concealed by a strong intuition about linguistic sameness.
Christopher Hutton, 1990
8
A Modern Instance
This unique genre is brilliantly depicted in A Modern Instance, a novel that helped Howells' career skyrocket and is considered to be his masterpiece.
William Dean Howells, 2013
9
Instance Selection and Construction for Data Mining
This volume serves as a comprehensive reference for graduate students, practitioners and researchers in KDD.
Huan Liu, Hiroshi Motoda, 2001
10
Pro WPF in C# 2010: Windows Presentation Foundation in .NET 4
No matter how many documents you open (or how you open them), only a single instance of winword.exe is loaded at a time. As you open new documents, they appear in the new windows, but a single application remains in control of all the ...
Matthew MacDonald, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «INSTANCE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term instance is used in the context of the following news items.
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Behind-the-seams look at athletic clothing - Hamilton Spectator
Adidas, for instance, was founded by Adi Dassler, who registered a patent in 1949 for a running shoe with the now-iconic three stripes. «Hamilton Spectator, Jul 15»
2
New institute to carry on work of HIV pioneer and MH17 victim Joep …
For instance, he was instrumental in convincing pharmaceutical companies in the mid-1990s that a cocktail of drugs was the best way to fight ... «Science Now, Jul 15»
3
The best age to get married if you dont want to get divorced | Astro …
Looking at the raw divorce rates, for instance, Wolfinger found that people who married at age 35 or greater had a 19 percent risk of divorce, ... «Astro Awani, Jul 15»
4
American Universities Are Failing at Ethics | TIME
For instance, what do I find in the Chronicle of Higher Education on just one day: The University of Texas at Austin provides a case to “illustrate ... «TIME, Jul 15»
5
Review: Beethoven sounds a defiant tone at the Bowl - LA Times
Chalifour played the concerto almost as one of the orchestra, not as a flamboyant soloist needing to stamp every instance with ego. He brought ... «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
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The LLC Operating Agreement - Why is it important and what should …
For instance, Kentucky's LLC Act has no dissenter's rights, so the agreement drafters should consider whether to write those in. The agreement ... «The National Law Review, Jul 15»
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What constitutes a stalking charge? | WOODTV.com
That's not the one we charged because that was only one instance. No matter how offensive or how bad that was, that was one instance,” said ... «WOODTV.com, Jul 15»
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Fighting elder abuse in Nunavut will take effort, experts argue … - CBC
Not every instance of abuse results in an investigation or charges. ... In that instance, an outreach worker connects the family with community ... «CBC.ca, Jul 15»
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Charleston tour guides have to pass tough, detailed test | The …
For instance, some questions listed several city streets and asked that they be matched with their neighborhood or borough. Four others listed ... «The Olympian, Jul 15»
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Developing Insurance Business for National Growth, Articles …
For instance, five top major players (i.e. 12% of the existing 59 insurance companies) control about 40% of the Industry's market share while 52 ... «THISDAY Live, Jul 15»

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