Definition of example
1 : one that serves as a pattern to be imitated or not to be imitated <a good example>
2 : a punishment inflicted on someone as a warning to others; also : an individual so punished
3 : one 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 exampleplay \fər-ig-ˈzam-pəl, frig-\
: as an example <there are many sources of air pollution; exhaust fumes, for example>
Examples of example in a sentence
He set a good example for the rest of us.
She gave several examples to show that the program is effective.
We've chosen three examples of contemporary architecture for closer study.
a classic example of a Persian rug
a fine example of the artist's work
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Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of example
model, example, pattern, exemplar, ideal mean someone or something set before one for guidance or imitation. model applies to something taken or proposed as worthy of imitation <a decor that is a model of good taste>. example applies to a person to be imitated or in some contexts on no account to be imitated but to be regarded as a warning <children tend to follow the example of their parents>. pattern suggests a clear and detailed archetype or prototype <American industry set a pattern for others to follow>. exemplar suggests either a faultless example to be emulated or a perfect typification <cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage>. ideal implies the best possible exemplification either in reality or in conception <never found a job that matched his ideal>.
Definition of example
1 : to serve as an example of
2 archaic : to be or set an example to
First Known Use of example
EXAMPLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of example for English Language Learners
: 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
EXAMPLE Defined for Kids
Definition of example for Students
1 : something to be imitated : model <Try to set a good example.>
2 : a sample of something taken to show what the whole is like : instance
3 : a problem to be solved to show how a rule works <an example in arithmetic>
4 : something that is a warning to others <Let his punishment be an example to you.>
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