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instrumental

adjective
 
 
/ˌɪnstrəˈmentəl/
be instrumental in sth/doing sth to be one of the main people or things that make something happen: Mikan was instrumental in establishing professional basketball in the US.Affecting and influencing
involving only musical instruments, and no singingTypes of music
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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