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instrumental

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.strəˈmen.təl/ us    /-t̬əl/

instrumental adjective (INFLUENCE)

[after verb] formal If someone or something is instrumental in a process, plan, or system, that person or thing is one of the most important influences in causing it to happen: She was instrumental in bringing about the prison reform act.

instrumental adjective (MUSIC)

involving only musical instruments, and no singing: instrumental music an instrumental piece/arrangement

instrumental

noun [C] uk   /ˌɪn.strəˈmen.təl/ us    /-t̬əl/
a piece of music without singing
Translations of “instrumental”
in Korean 악기의…
in Arabic آلاتي…
in Portuguese instrumental…
in Catalan instrumental…
in Japanese 楽器の…
in Italian strumentale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 作用, 起作用的, 有幫助的…
in Russian инструментальный…
in Turkish (müzik) enstrümentala, sadece sazlarla çalınan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 作用, 起作用的, 有帮助的…
in Polish instrumentalny…
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