example

noun
ex·​am·​ple | \ ig-ˈzam-pəl How to pronounce example (audio) \

Definition of example

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 (such 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 How to pronounce example (audio) , frig-​ \
: as an example there are many sources of air pollution; exhaust fumes, for example

example

verb
exampled; exampling\ ig-​ˈzam-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce example (audio) \

Definition of example (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Noun

instance, case, illustration, example, sample, specimen mean something that exhibits distinguishing characteristics in its category. instance applies to any individual person, act, or thing that may be offered to illustrate or explain. an instance of history repeating itself case is used to direct attention to a real or assumed occurrence or situation that is to be considered, studied, or dealt with. a case of mistaken identity illustration applies to an instance offered as a means of clarifying or illuminating a general statement. a telling illustration of Murphy's Law example applies to a typical, representative, or illustrative instance or case. a typical example of bureaucratic waste sample implies a part or unit taken at random from a larger whole and so presumed to be typical of its qualities. show us a sample of your work specimen applies to any example or sample whether representative or merely existent and available. one of the finest specimens of the jeweler's art

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

Examples of example in a Sentence

Noun 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 The dictionary includes thousands of examples.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Total value for the family in this example: $10,800. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 14 July 2021 For a young man barely out of school, the Judge provided a steadying influence and a sterling example. New York Times, 14 July 2021 Thank you for sharing your father’s wisdom and example. cleveland, 13 July 2021 For the average person who might not know what that means, give me an example of some of the dishes. BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2021 An example of this could be reallocating your funds toward spending on things like food or household items, or pinpointing ways to curb your spending. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, 13 July 2021 Thank you for sharing your father’s wisdom and example. Send your questions for Annie Lane to dearannie@creators.com. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 13 July 2021 Perhaps no player this season has served as a better example of that than Mullins. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 13 July 2021 To give an example of the potential for conservation in households alone, Lund estimated that urban water use in California at 130 gallons per capita per day, while urban areas of Spain or Israel use closer to 25 gallons per capita per day. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 12 July 2021

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First Known Use of example

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for example

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French essample, example, from Latin exemplum, from eximere to take out, from ex- + emere to take — more at redeem

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The first known use of example was in the 14th century

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“Example.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/example. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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example

noun

English Language Learners Definition of example

: 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

noun
ex·​am·​ple | \ ig-ˈzam-pəl How to pronounce example (audio) \

Kids Definition of example

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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