Part of speech: verb

To refer to as an illustration.

Part of speech: noun

A single case as an example.

Part of speech: noun

Solicitation; suggestion.

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Usage examples "instance":

  1. For instance, how can anybody that hasn't been in the business tell what's good acting and what's a good part?" - "Harlequin and Columbine", Booth Tarkington.
  2. Max Wyndham for instance!" - "The Keeper of the Door", Ethel M. Dell.
  3. I had a good instance of the danger of superimposition of style. - "A Dominie in Doubt", A. S. Neill.