example


1ex·am·ple

noun \ig-ˈzam-pəl\

: a person or way of behaving that is seen as a model that should be followed

: someone or something that is mentioned to help explain what you are saying or to show that a general statement is true

: something or someone chosen from a group in order to show what the whole group is like

Full Definition of EXAMPLE

1
:  one that serves as a pattern to be imitated or not to be imitated <a good example> <a bad example>
2
:  a punishment inflicted on someone as a warning to others; also :  an individual so punished
3
:  one (as an item or incident) that is representative of all of a group or type
4
:  a parallel or closely similar case especially when serving as a precedent or model
5
:  an instance (as a problem to be solved) serving to illustrate a rule or precept or to act as an exercise in the application of a rule
for example \fər-ig-ˈzam-pəl, frig-\
:  as an example <there are many sources of air pollution; exhaust fumes, for example>

Examples of EXAMPLE

  1. He set a good example for the rest of us.
  2. She gave several examples to show that the program is effective.
  3. We've chosen three examples of contemporary architecture for closer study.
  4. a classic example of a Persian rug
  5. a fine example of the artist's work
  6. The dictionary includes thousands of examples.

Origin of EXAMPLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French essample, example, from Latin exemplum, from eximere to take out, from ex- + emere to take — more at redeem
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with EXAMPLE

2example

transitive verb
ex·am·pledex·am·pling \-p(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of EXAMPLE

1
:  to serve as an example of
2
archaic :  to be or set an example to

First Known Use of EXAMPLE

15th century

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