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 Driving sports sedans, the vehicles that, more than any others, exemplify the Car and Driver ethos. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 On the back will be images chosen by the local Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Committee that will best exemplify Homeland, Family, Patriot and Sacrifice. al, "Alabama to get first Gold Star Families Monument," 23 Jan. 2020 Predicting the past This case is exemplified by China in 1995. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Physicists’ simple spanks economists’ complex in economic growth forecasts," 2 Aug. 2018 Safety Jared Mayden has seen that spirt behind the scenes and recently shared a story that exemplified Jones’ fire. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Mac Jones isn’t afraid to talk a little trash to Nick Saban," 19 Dec. 2019 The 337-room hotel is among 6 percent of the 27,000 AAA-inspected and approved hotels to attain the Four Diamond rating, which recognizes hotels that exemplify extraordinary design, amenities and service. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village earns AAA Four Diamond status," 16 Dec. 2019 The result is a hybrid that exemplifies how conservation and commerce can profitably coexist. The Economist, "Some building works threaten Turkish antiquities. Others save them," 14 Nov. 2019 Building relationships Anthony Avila’s Algebra I teacher used classroom techniques that exemplify the goals of Los Angeles Unified’s discipline policies. Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, "California schools can no longer suspend K-8 students for using phones. Will this help or hurt learning?," 1 Oct. 2019 Of the many pieces on display, what are some specific ones that exemplify her impact on design? Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "With a Glorious New Exhibition, Designer Vera Neumann Gets Her Due," 5 Aug. 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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The first known use of exemplify was in the 15th century

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4 Feb 2020

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“Exemplify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exemplify. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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