Definition of exemplify
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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of exemplify
Middle English exemplifien, from Anglo-French exemplifier, from Medieval Latin exemplificare, from Latin exemplum
First Known Use: 15th century
EXEMPLIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exemplify for English Language Learners
: to be a very good example of (something) : to show (something) very clearly
EXEMPLIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of exemplify for Students
: to serve as an example of <Salad exemplifies a healthy menu choice.>
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