ex·em·pli·fy | \ig-ˈzem-plə-ˌfī \
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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If there was a cultural difference between a modern Iranian woman and a European one, it wasn’t exemplified by my mother with her crêpe de Chine style and mysterious — at least to preschooler me — social pursuits. Hedia Anvar, Longreads, "How To Build An Intellectual," 23 June 2018 By relegating gun control to the backburner, the commission could wind up exemplifying what critics say is the Trump administration’s half-hearted approach to the country’s school-violence phenomenon. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "DeVos Says There’s One Thing Her School-Safety Commission Won't Be Studying: Guns," 5 June 2018 Superintendent Quesnel said Bieler exemplifies everything great about teachers in East Hartford, caring, compassionate, kid first and always willing to go the extra mile. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 5 June 2018 That exemplifies how vague but complex consent can be, Laker said. Alice Yin, Detroit Free Press, "Should Michigan sex education require 'yes means yes' curriculum?," 3 June 2018 That frustration might have been best exemplified just a few days ago at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Spieth remembers win and near-misses at Colonial heading into Fort Worth Invitational | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 This is exemplified by the fact that Schindler was voted the club's player of the year. SI.com, "Huddersfield Town Keep the Magic Alive in a League of Big Spenders and Heavy Hitters," 10 May 2018 Perhaps no two race weekends better exemplify the versatility needed to conquer the series than the disparity between the most recent race, at Road America, and this weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar: 5 storylines as series heads to Hunter-Reay's home away from home, Iowa Speedway," 5 July 2018 For many, the moment exemplified the lengths to which the PRI would go to keep itself in power. Washington Post, "Ahead of Mexico vote, fears and warnings over possible fraud," 29 June 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 \
exemplified; exemplifying

Kids Definition of exemplify

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

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