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exemplify

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verb ex·em·pli·fy \ig-ˈzem-plə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of exemplify

  • : to be a very good example of (something) : to show (something) very clearly

Full Definition of exemplify

ex·em·pli·fiedex·em·pli·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to show or illustrate by example <anecdotes exemplifying those virtues>

  3. 2 :  to make an attested copy or transcript of (a document) under seal

  4. 3 a :  to be an instance of or serve as an example of :  embody <she exemplifies the qualities of a good leader> b :  to be typical of <a dish that exemplifies French cuisine>

Examples of exemplify

  1. His works exemplify the taste of the period.

  2. The city's economic growth is exemplified by the many new buildings that are currently under construction.



Origin of exemplify

Middle English exemplifien, from Anglo-French exemplifier, from Medieval Latin exemplificare, from Latin exemplum


First Known Use: 15th century



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