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Definition of instance verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

instance

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstəns//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they instance
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstəns//
 
he / she / it instances
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstənsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstənsɪz//
 
past simple instanced
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstənst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstənst//
 
past participle instanced
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstənst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstənst//
 
-ing form instancing
BrE BrE//ˈɪnstənsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstənsɪŋ//
 
 
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instance something (formal) to give something as an example I refer to the situation instanced above. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in its current sense): from medieval Latin instantia ‘example to the contrary’ (translating Greek enstasis ‘objection’); hence the meaning “single occurrence”.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: instance