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 The situation right now in Italy (and previously in China) exemplifies how quickly even a good system can get overrun, forcing health care providers to make tough decisions about who gets care and who doesn’t. Popular Science, "What the 1918 flu pandemic can teach us about COVID-19, in four charts," 18 Mar. 2020 Their unstinting efforts exemplified the work so many Americans did to unite the nation in the face of crisis. Harvey Solomon, Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Greenbrier and Other Appalachian Resorts Became Prisons for Axis Diplomats," 21 Feb. 2020 Li's fate, however, exemplifies how individuals are increasingly being asked to sacrifice everything in the name of maintaining societal stability -- and that of the Party. James Griffiths, CNN, "China's massive security state is being used to crack down on the Wuhan virus," 10 Feb. 2020 From our timeless, iconic product designs with Alessi to our Design for All program with Target, Michael Graves products uniquely exemplify The Henry Ford’s mission. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Henry Ford Museum acquires entirety of Michael Graves' design collection, now on display," 5 Feb. 2020 The design of our homes exemplifies the social and cultural differences between us. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, "Bed, Bench & Beyond," 10 Mar. 2020 The overwhelming Muslim support for Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad among Muslims in the past few years exemplifies this tendency. Sharik Laliwala, Quartz India, "Facing bias, India’s Muslims are rallying behind its secular constitution, not radical Islam," 20 Feb. 2020 In a vivid portrait shot by photographer Mikael Jansson, a smiling Akech wears bright colors that capture the season’s buoyant, can-do energy, a spirit her life story exemplifies. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "Editor Kristina O’Neill on the March 2020 Issue," 14 Feb. 2020 The collapse of profit, which Daimler had warned about last month, exemplifies the challenges facing the German car industry, which may be serious enough to push the country into recession. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Daimler, Stretched by Diesel Fines and Technology Shift, Records a Loss," 11 Feb. 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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31 Mar 2020

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“Exemplify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exemplify. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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