instance Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “instance” in the English Dictionary

"instance" in British English

See all translations

instancenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɪn.stəns/
C1 a ​particularsituation, ​event, or ​fact, ​especially an ​example of something that ​happensgenerally: There have been several instances ofviolence at the ​school. I don't usually ​side with the ​management, but in this instance I ​agree with what they're saying.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

instanceverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈɪn.stəns/ UK formal
(Definition of instance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"instance" in American English

See all translations

instancenoun [C]

 us   /ˈɪn·stəns/
a ​particularsituation, ​event, or ​fact: There were several instances of ​computerfailure before we got the ​system to ​workproperly. Usually this ​kind of ​skincondition is caused by a ​foodallergy, but in this instance it may be caused by the ​medicine you are taking. Can you ​tell us a little about ​yourbackground? For instance (= As an ​example), where were you ​born?
(Definition of instance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “instance”
in Korean 사례…
in Arabic مَثل…
in Malaysian contoh…
in French exemple…
in Russian пример, случай…
in Chinese (Traditional) 實例, 情況…
in Italian esempio, caso…
in Turkish örnek, vaka…
in Polish przykład…
in Spanish ejemplo…
in Vietnamese ví dụ…
in Portuguese caso…
in Thai กรณี…
in German das Beispiel…
in Catalan cas…
in Japanese 実例…
in Chinese (Simplified) 实例, 情况…
in Indonesian contoh…
What is the pronunciation of instance?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“instance” in British English

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More