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.

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Rowland, who is a mom, wife, and business woman, exemplifies beauty in every sense of the word. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Kelly Rowland's New Music Video Shatters Beauty Standards," 6 Feb. 2019 The fact that the remains of Olivia Lone Bear, a Native woman who went missing for nine months, were found in Lake Sakakawea exemplifies this connection between past and present. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 The House’s entry level foyer best exemplifies this, with tufted leather club chairs, velvet chesterfield couches, antique chandeliers, and worn Persian rugs that punctuate the weathered wooden plank floors. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night," 17 July 2018 The development exemplifies Bowser’s efforts to counter gentrification, which has made housing costs in the District increasingly unaffordable for even middle-income families. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 16 June 2018 Memorial Trophy Given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Michael Blinn, SI.com, "2018 NHL Awards: Tracking the Trophy Winners," 20 June 2018 If anything, the shooting exemplifies what anti-gun advocates in cities like Chicago have been saying too. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "No matter what type of gun is used in school shootings, innocent people end up dead," 18 May 2018 The Courage award is given annually to a Rice football player who best exemplifies leadership, teamwork and character. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Rice University honoring O.J. Brigance with Courage award," 4 May 2018 Ghost’ selected Shayne Gostisbehere was named the Flyers’ nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers send Oskar Lindblom, Travis Sanheim to Phantoms for AHL playoffs," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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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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