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 From their bayview rooms to the standalone one-bedroom cottage suites, the accommodations exemplify refined coastal luxury. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "Nantucket Travel Guide," 26 Feb. 2021 Few leaders exemplify this notion as much as Elon Musk of Tesla (No. 18 on Future 50). Tom Deegan, Fortune, "Inside the Future 50: The 3 key traits of companies that outperform, regardless of industry," 23 Feb. 2021 The supercar genre thrives on theatrical styling and performance, and the 2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo and Spider exemplify both. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Best New Sports Cars of 2021," 19 Feb. 2021 More than just timing, there is also synergy between haute couture and haute joaillerie; both exemplify the best in creativity and materials, and offer designs that inspire the imagination to dream beyond what’s possible. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "The Allure of High Jewelry Still Remains Strong During the Pandemic," 17 Feb. 2021 However, some seemed at least to exemplify the uncertainty of daily life and how the seemingly routine can lead to the unexpected or disturbing. Washington Post, "Police in Fairfax County report a week of incidents, describe drama in daily life," 5 Dec. 2020 Every room in the resort, from standard guestrooms to suites that exemplify luxury, is complemented by a view of the Pacific. Sunset Magazine, "Sparkling New Resort in Mexico Offers a Pristine (& Safe) Beachside Escape," 30 Dec. 2020 The death of Rice, who was Black, in November 2014 grew to exemplify the allegations of excessive use of police force that have defined the Black Lives Matter movement. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Justice Department won't pursue charges against officers in Tamir Rice shooting," 29 Dec. 2020 This year's broadcast, which will come amid the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to exemplify the unifying spirit of the Queen's national addresses. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen's Christmas Speech Will "Evoke a War-Time Spirit" and Try to Raise Morale This Year," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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“Exemplify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exemplify. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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