exemplify

verb ex·em·pli·fy \ ig-ˈzem-plə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of exemplify

exemplified; exemplifying
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 :embody
  • she exemplifies the qualities of a good leader
b :to be typical of
  • a dish that exemplifies French cuisine

Examples of exemplify in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of exemplify

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


EXEMPLIFY Defined for English Language Learners

exemplify

verb

Definition of exemplify for English Language Learners

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


EXEMPLIFY Defined for Kids

exemplify

verb ex·em·pli·fy \ ig-ˈzem-plə-ˌfī \

Definition of exemplify for Students

exemplified; exemplifying
:to serve as an example of
  • Salad exemplifies a healthy menu choice.


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