be instrumental (in/to/for)


1. an important part of something






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she was instrumental in my success

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As a verb, 'to be instrumental' in something means to be an important or intrinsic part of it. You might have been 'instrumental in setting up' something or 'instrumental in researching' something, for example. This is a verb used more often in formal situations. Similar phrases include 'vital in/to' and 'to be a big part of'.

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  1. My wife was instrumental in my success. Without her support and guidance, I would have been lost.
  2. Her part in the play was instrumental in moving the story along.

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  1. High sales and great customer service were instrumental parts of the company's recent success.
  2. The new machinery was instrumental in increasing the volume of our output.

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