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Meaning of “instrumental” in the English Dictionary

"instrumental" in British English

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instrumentaladjective

uk   /ˌɪn.strəˈmen.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/

instrumentalnoun [C]

uk   /ˌɪn.strəˈmen.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/
(Definition of instrumental from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"instrumental" in American English

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instrumentaladjective

 us   /ˌɪn·strəˈmen·təl/
  • instrumental adjective (MUSIC)

[not gradable] performed with ​musicalinstruments only and not ​voices
  • instrumental adjective (TOOL)

important in causing something to ​happen: As ​secretary of ​state, he was instrumental in the ​creation of ​NATO.
(Definition of instrumental from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “instrumental”
in Arabic آلاتي…
in Korean 악기의…
in Portuguese instrumental…
in Catalan instrumental…
in Japanese 楽器の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 作用, 起作用的, 有帮助的…
in Turkish (müzik) enstrümentala, sadece sazlarla çalınan…
in Russian инструментальный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 作用, 起作用的, 有幫助的…
in Italian strumentale…
in Polish instrumentalny…
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