exemplify

verb
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.

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This scene exemplified the theatricality that makes Taemin tick. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019 The American, who typically wears a simple brown habit and sandals, exemplified the humility that Pope Francis espoused for the church’s hierarchy. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "‘It Will Cause a Scandal.’ The Pope and a Trusted U.S. Cardinal Clash Over Sex-Abuse Crisis," 14 Feb. 2019 Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Liam Denning explains that Comstock Resources exemplifies the skewed incentives in the E&P sector. Bloomberg.com, "Liam Denning on Comstock’s Big Lesson on Bosses’ Pay," 5 June 2018 The brevity of America’s history is exemplified by Holmes, who was born in 1840 and died in 1935. Fay Vincent, WSJ, "Old Acquaintances Help Us Remember History," 30 Dec. 2018 This is exemplified by the 2017 clean-up of Freedom Island in the Philippines, which led to an eventual brand audit by Greenpeace Philippines that accused several companies of being responsible for much of the waste on Freedom Island. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "How to Fight the Global Plastics Problem," 18 Dec. 2018 Rowland, who is a mom, wife, and business woman, exemplifies beauty in every sense of the word. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Kelly Rowland's New Music Video Shatters Beauty Standards," 6 Feb. 2019 The fact that the remains of Olivia Lone Bear, a Native woman who went missing for nine months, were found in Lake Sakakawea exemplifies this connection between past and present. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 The House’s entry level foyer best exemplifies this, with tufted leather club chairs, velvet chesterfield couches, antique chandeliers, and worn Persian rugs that punctuate the weathered wooden plank floors. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night," 17 July 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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exemplify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exemplify

: to be a very good example of (something) : to show (something) very clearly

exemplify

verb
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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