instance

noun
ADJECTIVE
countless, innumerable, many, multiple, numerous, several
few, occasional, rare

This is one of the few instances where the director does not succeed.

isolated
certain, given, particular, specific

Further information is required to determine the correct answer in any given instance.

documented, recorded, reported

There are many documented instances of mass hysteria.

extreme
notable, striking
classic

This is a classic instance of Dostoevsky's writing operating on two levels.

VERB + INSTANCE
give, provide, represent

North America provides the most striking instance of European settlement on a grand scale.

describe, document, record, recount, report

Students described many instances in which they had felt uncomfortable speaking in class.

cite (sth as), take

Experts cite the country as an instance where human rights violations could lead to international intervention.

To take a particular instance of this problem: … 

recall, remember

I cannot recall any other instance in modern times in which a huge and mighty state crumbled to dust.

INSTANCE + VERB
occur

An instance of this controversy occurred last year.

show sth

This instance shows how important it is to check that the machine is working properly before you use it.

PREPOSITION
for instance (= for example)

Murder, theft and tax evasion, for instance, all have different motives and consequences.

in … instance

In one instance, several people had their phones stolen.

It is not always helpful to draw analogies, but in this instance it is useful.

instance of

This is an instance of his general attitude to his employees.

PHRASES
in the first instance (formal)

In the first instance, a letter from your employer may be all you need.


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  • instance — [ ɛ̃stɑ̃s ] n. f. • v. 1240 « application, soin »; lat. instantia 1 ♦ Sollicitation pressante. Vx au sing., sauf dans Demander avec instance. ⇒ insistance. « mon camarade me fit de telles instances » (Balzac). Mod. Céder aux instances de qqn. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • instance — INSTANCE. s. f. Poursuite, sollicitation pressante. Grande instance. faire instance, de grandes instances, de vives instances, des instances pressantes auprés de quelqu un, envers quelqu un. je l ay fait à son instance. je l en ay sollicité avec… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • instance — n Instance, case, illustration, example, sample, specimen mean a concrete thing which has or manifests the qualities, characters, or nature of a type, a class, or a group. Instance applies to an individual person or thing brought forth in support …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Instance — In stance, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See {Instant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion. [1913 Webster] Undertook at her instance to restore… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • instance — [in′stəns] n. [ME instaunce < OFr instance < L instantia, a standing upon or near, being present < instans: see INSTANT] 1. Archaic an urgent plea; persistent solicitation 2. an example; case; illustration 3. a step in proceeding;… …   English World dictionary

  • instance — in·stance / in stəns/ n [French, from Late Latin instantia, from Latin, the fact of being present or impending, vehemence in speech, urgency, from instant instans insistent, pressing, from present participle of instare to be pressing, stand upon] …   Law dictionary

  • instance — ► NOUN 1) an example or single occurrence of something. 2) a particular case. ► VERB ▪ cite as an example. ● for instance Cf. ↑for instance ● in the first (or second etc.) …   English terms dictionary

  • instance — (n.) mid 14c., urgency, from O.Fr. instance eagerness, anxiety, solicitation (13c.), from L. instantia presence, effort intention; earnestness, urgency, lit. a standing near, from instans (see INSTANT (Cf. instant)). In Scholastic logic, a fact… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Instance — In stance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Instancing}.] To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact. H. Spenser. [1913 Webster] I shall not instance an abstruse author. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Instance — In stance, v. i. To give an example. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This story doth not only instance in kingdoms, but in families too. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • instance — [n] case, situation case history, case in point, detail, example, exemplification, exponent, ground, illustration, item, occasion, occurrence, particular, precedent, proof, reason, representative, sample, sampling, specimen, time; concepts… …   New thesaurus

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