Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “instance”

See all translations

instance

noun [C]  /ˈɪn·stəns/ us  
a particular situation, event, or fact: There were several instances of computer failure before we got the system to work properly. Usually this kind of skin condition is caused by a food allergy, but in this instance it may be caused by the medicine you are taking. Can you tell us a little about your background? For instance (= As an example), where were you born?
Translations of “instance”
in Korean 사례…
in Arabic مَثل…
in French exemple…
in Turkish örnek, vaka…
in Italian esempio, caso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 實例, 情況…
in Russian пример, случай…
in Polish przykład…
in Spanish ejemplo…
in Portuguese caso…
in German das Beispiel…
in Catalan cas…
in Japanese 実例…
in Chinese (Simplified) 实例, 情况…
(Definition of instance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of instance?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “instance” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beginner's luck

unexpected success experienced by a person who is just starting a particular activity

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More