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

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 Of course, red is Rothko’s leitmotif and both works, arresting in scale, exemplify the artist’s torrid love affair with the color. Ian Malone, Vogue, 11 May 2022 Welcome to the unconventional arena of concerns that a new generation of AI might exemplify a criminal mind. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 Cuts were made to poetic passages that both exemplify the expressive montage sequences of silent cinema and reflect Epstein’s artistry. The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Mutual aid, which community fridges exemplify, differs from charity because there is no decision on who gets what and why. Leah Abucayan, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 These directors do not exemplify cinema as a visual form that moves. Armond White, National Review, 23 Mar. 2022 The global semiconductor chip shortage and the recent trucker protest, which shut down the Ambassador Bridge, exemplify the challenges that the automotive industry has faced recently. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2022 Does the lip gloss moment exemplify Chris’ worst fear? Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2022 For the past eight years, This is Alabama has honored women who are shaping our state in big ways, and the 2022 honorees exemplify intelligence, leadership and fearlessness. Haley Laurence | Hlaurence@al.com, al, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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