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exemplify (ɪɡˈzɛmplɪˌfaɪ Pronunciation for exemplify



-fies, -fying, -fied (transitive)
  1. to show by example
  2. to serve as an example of
  3. (law)
    1. to make an official copy of (a document from public records) under seal
    2. to transcribe (a legal document)

Derived Forms

exˈempliˌfiable adjective
exˌemplifiˈcation noun
exˈemplifiˌcative adjective
exˈempliˌfier noun

Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Medieval Latin exemplificāre, from Latin exemplum example + facere to make

Translations for 'exemplify'

  • British English: exemplify If a person or thing exemplifies something, they are a typical example of it. VERBThe room's style exemplifies their ideal of 'beauty and practicality'.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: exemplificar
  • Chinese: 是…的典范是…的典范範
  • European Spanish: ejemplificar
  • French: incarner
  • German: verkörpern
  • Italian: esemplificare
  • Japanese: 例示する
  • Korean: ~의 표본이 되다
  • Portuguese: exemplificar
  • Spanish: ejemplificar

Example Sentences Including 'exemplify'

"I think intellectual honesty is the most important thing," she replies and returns to the Churchills, who seem to exemplify it for her.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Ranging in age from 9 to 14, they exemplify "selective" mutism, where the cause is psychological rather than physical.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The contact of the regime's top politicians with the civil service appears to exemplify this.
Wright, Vincent The Government and Politics of France
They exemplify `the most sophisticated mutuality between nature and culture which we are capable of creating and sustaining".
New Scientist (1998)
They may not be gold medallists, but they are Olympians of the highest order and exemplify the best characteristics of a champion.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
When looking to buy companies that exemplify our practice of paying less for more, we search for telltale signs.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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