Definition of exemplify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    exemplify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪ//
     
    [often passive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exemplify
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it exemplifies
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple exemplified
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle exemplified
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form exemplifying
    BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1exemplify something to be a typical example of something Her early work is exemplified in her book, ‘A Study of Children's Minds’. His food exemplifies Italian cooking at its best.
  2. 2exemplify something to give an example in order to make something clearer synonym illustrate She exemplified each of the points she was making with an amusing anecdote.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin exemplificare, from Latin exemplum ‘sample’, from eximere ‘take out’, from ex- ‘out’ + emere ‘take’.
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