instrumental Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “instrumental” in the English Dictionary

"instrumental" in British English

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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 ​importantinfluences in ​causing it to ​happen: She was instrumental inbringing about the ​prisonreformact.

instrumental adjective (MUSIC)

involving only ​musicalinstruments, and no ​singing: instrumental ​music an instrumental ​piece/​arrangement

instrumentalnoun [C]

uk   /ˌɪn.strəˈmen.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/
a ​piece of ​music without ​singing
(Definition of instrumental from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"instrumental" in American English

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 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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