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instance

noun [C] uk   /ˈɪn.stəns/ us  
C1 a particular situation, event, or fact, especially an example of something that happens generally: There have been several instances of violence at the school. I don't usually side with the management, but in this instance I agree with what they're saying.

instance

verb [T] uk   /ˈɪn.stəns/ UK formal us  
to give something as an example: She argued the need for legal reform and instanced several recent cases with grossly unfair verdicts.
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