Definition of make an example of
- Although it was only his first offense, the judge decided to make an example of him and sentence him to prison.
: behave, act
: to begin or seem to begin (an action)
: to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone
: the manner or style in which a thing is constructed
: the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person
: one that serves as a pattern to be imitated or not to be imitated
: a punishment inflicted on someone as a warning to others
: one that is representative of all of a group or type
: to serve as an example of
: to be or set an example to
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