ex·​em·​pli·​fy | \ ig-ˈzem-plə-ˌfī How to pronounce exemplify (audio) \
exemplified; exemplifying

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

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Examples of exemplify in a Sentence

His works exemplify the taste of the period. The city's economic growth is exemplified by the many new buildings that are currently under construction.
Recent Examples on the Web Locksley said after last week’s 38-7 loss at home to Michigan that a fourth-quarter play that Jones made exemplified the heart and hustle the Terps played with for much of the game after not showing the same attributes in a 52-10 loss at then-No. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland’s game at Ohio State will be a trip down memory lane for QB Josh Jackson and LB Keandre Jones," 6 Nov. 2019 Black pastors and historians alike remember Cummings, who will be buried in Baltimore Friday, as a man who absorbed the lessons of the church and exemplified its teachings in serving his constituents. NBC News, "Black Baptist church shaped Cummings' commitment," 25 Oct. 2019 In these moments, Rogers’ work not only challenged many societal assumptions but exemplified his understanding of religion as a tool for service. L. Benjamin Rolsky, The Conversation, "How Mister Rogers’ faith shaped his idea of children’s television," 18 Oct. 2019 In an interview after the summer grand opening, Wilhelm said Tavern House exemplifies coastal foods that are fresh and light. Daily Pilot, "On Food: Coastal cuisine with harbor views at Newport’s Tavern," 3 Oct. 2019 His pocket poise, downfield eyes and confidence in his reads exemplified a return to the Baker of old, rather than the Mayfield who was rolling right, often into chaos, and bailing out of the pocket. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "How Baker Mayfield stopped rolling into chaos and started throwing from the pocket vs. Ravens -- Film Review," 1 Oct. 2019 But this night was different, exemplified on a play in the third quarter when receiver Jesse Matthews jumped high and stomped his feet in frustration after being unseen wide open down the field. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs rally falls short in 23-17 loss to Utah State," 21 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Jakarta exemplifies the typical response to rising tides and swelling rains. The Economist, "Climate change is forcing Asian cities to rethink their flood defences," 19 Sep. 2019 Staton, a medium security prison that holds about 1,400 inmates, exemplifies some of the problems. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama prison study group to turn to sentence reforms next," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of exemplify

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exemplify

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

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of exemplify was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of exemplify

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


ex·​em·​pli·​fy | \ ig-ˈzem-plə-ˌfī How to pronounce exemplify (audio) \
exemplified; exemplifying

Kids Definition of exemplify

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

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