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in·stance

instance

 
 
pronunciation:
In stns
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
for instance
features:
Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition: an occasion, case, or example.
Can you think of a single instance in which he offered to help?In this instance, I think you're overreacting.The instance of treason that most of us are familar with is that committed by Benedict Arnold.
synonyms:
case, example, occasion
similar words:
exemplar, illustration, model, occurrence, picture, sample, specimen, time, type
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phrase: for instance
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: instanced, instances, instancing
definition: to cite or mention as an example.
The guidance counselor instanced the case of a boy who had been a slow learner and yet ended up becoming a famous, respected scientist.
synonyms:
refer to
similar words:
allude to, cite, mention, quote