Definition of example noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    example

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    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɑːmpl//
     
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  1. 1  example (of something) something such as an object, a fact or a situation that shows, explains or supports what you say Can you give me an example of what you mean? This dictionary has many examples of how words are used. Just to give you an example of his generosity—he gave me his old car and wouldn't take any money for it. It is important to cite examples to support your argument. I shall take four different examples from contemporary literature to illustrate my point. Language Banke.g.Giving examples The website has a variety of interactive exercises (e.g. matching games, crosswords and quizzes). The website has a variety of interactive exercises, including matching games, crosswords and quizzes. Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, blogs and social networking sites, have changed the way that people use the Internet. Many websites now allow users to contribute information. A good example of this is the ‘wiki’, a type of website that anyone can edit. Wikis vary in how open they are. For example, some wikis allow anybody to edit content, while others only allow registered users to do this. Wikis vary in how open they are. Some wikis, for example/for instance, allow anybody to edit content, while others only allow registered users to do this. More and more people read their news on the Internet. To take one example, over 14 million people now read the online version of ‘The Oxford Herald’. Online newspapers are now more popular than paper ones. ‘The Oxford Herald’ is a case in point. Its print circulation has fallen in recent years, while its website attracts millions of users every month. Wordfinderalphabetical, definition, dictionary, entry, example, headword, meaning, part of speech, pronunciation, register
  2. 2  example (of something) a thing that is typical of or represents a particular group or set This is a good example of the artist's early work. It is a perfect example of a medieval castle. Japan is often quoted as the prime example of a modern industrial nation. It is a classic example of how not to design a new city centre. Synonymsexamplecase instance specimen illustrationThese are all words for a thing or situation that is typical of a particular group or set, and is sometimes used to support an argument.example something such as an object, a fact or a situation that shows, explains or supports what you say; a thing that is typical of or represents a particular group or set:Can you give me an example of what you mean?case a particular situation or a situation of a particular type; a situation that relates to a particular person or thing:In some cases people have had to wait several weeks for an appointment.instance (rather formal) a particular situation or a situation of a particular type:The report highlights a number of instances of injustice.specimen an example of something, especially an animal or plant:The aquarium has some interesting specimens of unusual tropical fish.illustration (rather formal) a story, an event or an example that clearly shows the truth about something:The statistics are a clear illustration of the point I am trying to make.example or illustration? An illustration is often used to show that something is true. An example is used to help to explain something.Patterns a(n) example/​case/​instance/​specimen/​illustration of something in a particular case/​instance for example/​instance
  3. 3  a person or their behaviour that is thought to be a good model for others to copy example (to somebody) Her courage is an example to us all. He sets an example to the other students. example (of something) She is a shining example of what people with disabilities can achieve. He is a captain who leads by example.
  4. 4a person’s behaviour, either good or bad, that other people copy It would be a mistake to follow his example.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin exemplum, from eximere ‘take out’, from ex- ‘out’ + emere ‘take’. Compare with sample.Extra examples An athlete, for example, might turn the pedals 80 times a minute. Children learn by example. Consider the following example… Fisher used a hypothetical example to illustrate his point. He uses a number of historical examples to support his thesis. His generosity is an example to us all. His treatment of his secretary was a blatant example of managerial arrogance. I think all schools should follow the example of this one. I was inspired by the example of the athletes who trained so hard. Let me give a concrete example of what I mean. She illustrates her point with examples drawn from contemporary newspaper accounts. She is a shining example of how to organize your time. The book is full of practical examples of classroom activities. The film was held up as an example of good cinema. The headmaster had made an example of him by scolding him in front of the whole school. The leaflet includes several examples of bad grammar. The oft-quoted example of Nero playing the violin as Rome burned shows the Emperor’s detachment from reality. The teacher in our example is clearly wrong. The teacher made an example of him by suspending him from school. These examples suggest that there is a connection between the two processes. This film is a poor example of the genre. This is a classic example of a badly designed building. This is among the worst examples of corporate greed. This is far from an isolated example. To take an obvious example, if there is a good harvest the price of grain will fall. Twenty-seven examples are presented in this video. We can still find examples of discrimination today. We’ve seen other examples of this same problem recently. You must set a good example to the children. a book filled with real-life examples that anyone can relate to a magnificent example of 18th-century architecture a telling example of how difficult it can be to succeed in business the example shown in Figure 2 the most egregious example of his mishandling of the situation He is a captain who leads by example. How many other exiles like him would his example encourage? It is a classic example of how not to design a new town. It would be a mistake to follow his example. Just to give you an example of his generosity—he gave me his old car and wouldn’t take any money for it. They started to plan protests, inspired by the example of their neighbours. This is a good example of the artist’s early work. You’re setting a bad example to the children.Idioms  (abbreviation e.g.) used to emphasize something that explains or supports what you are saying; used to give an example of what you are saying There is a similar word in many languages, for example in French and Italian. The report is incomplete; it does not include sales in France, for example. It is possible to combine Computer Science with other subjects, for example Physics. Language Banke.g.Giving examples The website has a variety of interactive exercises (e.g. matching games, crosswords and quizzes). The website has a variety of interactive exercises, including matching games, crosswords and quizzes. Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, blogs and social networking sites, have changed the way that people use the Internet. Many websites now allow users to contribute information. A good example of this is the ‘wiki’, a type of website that anyone can edit. Wikis vary in how open they are. For example, some wikis allow anybody to edit content, while others only allow registered users to do this. Wikis vary in how open they are. Some wikis, for example/for instance, allow anybody to edit content, while others only allow registered users to do this. More and more people read their news on the Internet. To take one example, over 14 million people now read the online version of ‘The Oxford Herald’. Online newspapers are now more popular than paper ones. ‘The Oxford Herald’ is a case in point. Its print circulation has fallen in recent years, while its website attracts millions of users every month.
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    to punish somebody as a warning to others not to do the same thing
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