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exemplify

verb ex·em·pli·fy \ig-ˈzem-plə-ˌfī\

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

ex·em·pli·fiedex·em·pli·fy·ing

Full Definition of EXEMPLIFY

transitive verb
1
:  to show or illustrate by example <anecdotes exemplifying those virtues>
2
:  to make an attested copy or transcript of (a document) under seal
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
EXEMPLIFYING Defined for Kids

exemplify

verb ex·em·pli·fy \ig-ˈzem-plə-ˌfī\
ex·em·pli·fiedex·em·pli·fy·ing

Definition of EXEMPLIFY for Kids

:  to serve as an example of <Salad exemplifies a healthy menu choice.>

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