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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Antonio Lang is one of those unique individuals who exemplifies those qualities. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers hire Antonio Lang from Utah Jazz as assistant coach," 19 June 2019 This is a very tangential thing, but do think that’s sort of exemplified by like the weirdness of, say, Gritty becoming this huge pop culture phenomenon and being on the cover of Artforum? Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "Kristen Arnett on Taxidermy, Memory, and “Mostly Dead Things”," 6 June 2019 Mr Pruitt’s recent interest in methane regulation exemplifies that. The Economist, "Salting the Earth," 25 Jan. 2018 Good to see that several of these Joyce troupes exemplified ethnic genres. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "A Pan-American Dance Sampler at the Joyce," 15 Jan. 2018 At the top of a Democratic ticket that included female candidates for all statewide races, Whitmer also exemplified a new approach by women running for office. Anna North, Vox, "Democrat Gretchen Whitmer wins Michigan governor race, defeating Bill Schuette," 7 Nov. 2018 Dystopian though the thought is, Lil Peep exemplified the arrival of self-annihilation as a trending topic for a new generation of performers who borrow from nu metal, grunge, emo, and punk. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 Nothing exemplified that more on World Cup roster cutdown day than the exclusion of Leroy Sane from the team's 23-man roster. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "FIFA World Cup 2018: 11 takeaways from roster deadline day," 4 June 2018 Nothing exemplified that better than the goal that killed off Manchester City for good in the Champions League quarterfinals. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Liverpool’s Champions League Secret: Reinventing Soccer’s Simplest Position," 25 May 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 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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