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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Yet these myriad programs and fees exemplify the governing ethos of Austin’s political leadership. John Daniel Davidson, WSJ, "Austin Votes to Keep the Books Closed," 30 Nov. 2018 Amazon’s contest, which enticed 238 cities to spend extensive time and money making pitches, exemplifies the lack of transparency that often goes hand-in-hand with corporate subsidies. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 subsidies are deeply unpopular, but far from uncommon," 14 Nov. 2018 But some recent exhibitions about my work exemplified the opposite. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Martin Margiela Makes a Rare Statement on Contemporary Fashion," 12 Oct. 2018 The match 32 years ago exemplified Maradona's theatrics both on and off the field. Carlos Rodriguez And Amy Guthrie, Fox News, "Maradona to coach soccer club in Mexico's cartel heartland," 10 Sep. 2018 The anguish in the world’s media capital exemplifies what’s been happening in the rest of the country for years. Damian J. Troise, The Seattle Times, "Newspapers endure more cuts, hope for brighter future online," 24 July 2018 To exemplify all Apple has packed into this new, smaller tablet, VP of hardware engineering John Ternus compared it to a familiar bit of hardware. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Adieu, home button—Apple’s new iPad Pros have nearly edge-to-edge screens, FaceID," 30 Oct. 2018 By bringing individuals closer into the presidential orbit who critics would argue exemplify some of the worst traits of Trumpism, the president and his team are doubling down. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Why racially charged tweets by the wife of Bill Shine likely won’t matter much," 9 July 2018 This special recognition is given to recipients whose Gold Award projects exemplify the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Girl Scouts awards $30,000 in scholarships to 24 graduating seniors," 23 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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