Definition of instance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

    

instance

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NAmE//ˈɪnstəns//
 
 
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  •  a particular example or case of something The report highlights a number of instances of injustice. In most instances, there will be no need for further treatment. I would normally suggest taking time off work, but in this instanceI'm not sure that would do any good. Thesaurusexamplecase instance specimen illustrationThese are all words for a thing or situation that is typical of a particular group or set, and is sometimes used to support an argument.example something such as an object, a fact, or a situation that shows, explains, or supports what you say; a thing that is typical of or represents a particular group or set:Can you give me an example of what you mean?case a particular situation or a situation of a particular type; a situation that relates to a particular person or thing:In some cases people have had to wait several weeks for an appointment.instance (somewhat formal) a particular situation or a situation of a particular type:The report highlights a number of instances of injustice.specimen an example of something, especially an animal or a plant:The aquarium has some interesting specimens of tropical fish.illustration (somewhat formal) a story, an event, or an example that clearly shows the truth about something:The statistics are a clear illustration of the point I am trying to make.example or illustration?An illustration is often used to show that something is true. An example is used to help to explain something.Patterns a(n) example/case/instance/specimen/illustration of something in a particular case/instance for example/instance
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    for instance
     
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    for example What would you do, for instance, if you found a member of staff stealing? Language Banke.g.giving examples The Web site has a variety of interactive exercises (e.g., matching games, crosswords, and quizzes). The Web site has a variety of interactive exercises, including matching games, crosswords, and quizzes. Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, blogs, and social networking sites, have changed the way that people use the Internet. Many Web sites now allow users to contribute information. A good example of this is the “wiki,” a type of Web site that anyone can edit. Wikis vary in how open they are. For example, some wikis allow anybody to edit content, while others only allow registered users to do this. Wikis vary in how open they are. Some wikis, for example/for instance, allow anybody to edit content, while others only allow registered users to do this. More and more people read their news on the Internet. To take one example, over 18 million people visited the “New York Times” Web site in December. Online newspapers are now more popular than paper ones. The “Los Angeles Times”is a case in point. Its print circulation has fallen in recent years, while its Web site attracts millions of users every month.
    in the first instance(formal)
     
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    as the first part of a series of actions In the first instance, notify the police and then contact your insurance company.
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