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Examples of exponent in a Sentence
She has become one of America's foremost exponents of the romantic style in interior design.
The exponent 3 in 103 indicates 10 x 10 x 10.
Recent Examples of exponent from the Web
But the government says there will be international election monitors — from China, Myanmar and Singapore, none of which are known as vigorous exponents of pluralist democracy.
Like Mr Cocker, who cites 19th-century radicals such as William Hazlitt and William Cobbett, its exponents tend to be left-leaning.
The dominant Brazilian team of the late '50s and early '60's; the elan and flair of Les Bleus in France '98, and Spain's victorious tiki-taka exponents.
Forget the Salonen stereotype as a somewhat cool exponent of orchestral late Romanticism.
In another recent paper in Chaos, the Maryland team reported that their reservoir computer could successfully learn the values of these characterizing exponents from data about a system’s evolution.
Mark Lilla, author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, is another prominent exponent of this view.
The Taiwanese company pioneered this model and is its dominant exponent.
That decision was taken to improve Poland’s scratchy relations with its European partners; the suave, English-speaking Mr Morawiecki is seen as a more convincing exponent of his boss’s views.
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Did You Know?
You probably won't be surprised to learn that "exponent" shares an ancestor with "proponent" - and indeed, the Latin ponere ("to put") is at the root of both terms. "Exponent" descends from "exponere" ("to explain" or "to set forth"), which joins "ponere" with "ex-" ("out"). "Proponent" traces to "proponere" ("to display" or "to declare"), from "ponere" and "pro-" ("before"). "Proponent" can describe someone who offers a proposal (it's related to "propose," which also ultimately comes from "proponere"), but today it usually means "one who argues in favor of something." "Exponent" can also refer to someone who is an advocate, but it tends to refer especially to someone who stands out as a shining representative of something, and in addition it has retained its earlier meaning of "one who expounds."
EXPONENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exponent for English Language Learners
: someone who supports a particular cause, belief, etc.
: someone who is known for a particular method, style, etc.
mathematics : a symbol that is written above and to the right of a number to show how many times the number is to be multiplied by itself
EXPONENT Defined for Kids
Definition of exponent for Students
- The exponent 3 in 103 indicates 10 × 10 × 10.
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