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

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More