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Definition of instrumental adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    instrumental

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstrəˈmentl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstrəˈmentl//
     
    Describing music
     
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  1. 1instrumental (in something/in doing something) important in making something happen He was instrumental in bringing about an end to the conflict.
  2. 2made by or for musical instruments instrumental music See related entries: Describing music
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: via French from medieval Latin instrumentalis, from Latin instrumentum, from the verb instruere, from in- ‘upon, towards’ + struere ‘pile up’.Extra examples The songs are largely instrumental. They were highly instrumental in bringing the business to Newtown. The Conservation Trust performs an instrumental role in the protection of rural environments.
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