tr.v. in·stan·ti·at·ed, in·stan·ti·at·ing, in·stan·ti·ates
To represent (an abstract concept) by a concrete or tangible example: "Two apples ... both instantiate the single universal redness" (J. Holloway).
in·stantia·tive (-stănshə-tĭv) adj.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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