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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•am•pleɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm-(n.; v.)-pled, -pling.

  1. (n.)one of a number of things, or a part of something, taken to show the character of the whole.

  2. a pattern or model, as of something to be imitated or avoided:

    to set a good example.

  3. an instance serving for illustration; specimen.

  4. an instance illustrating a rule or method, as a mathematical problem proposed for solution.

    Category: Math

  5. an instance, esp. of punishment, serving as a warning to others.

  6. a precedent; parallel case:

    an action without example.

  7. (v.t.)to give or be an example of; exemplify (used in the passive).

Origin of example:

1350–1400; ME exa(u)mple < MF example < L exemplum, akin to eximere to take out; see exempt

Princeton's WordNet

  1. example, illustration, instance, representative(noun)

    an item of information that is typical of a class or group

    "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"

  2. model, example(noun)

    a representative form or pattern

    "I profited from his example"

  3. exemplar, example, model, good example(noun)

    something to be imitated

    "an exemplar of success"; "a model of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major general"

  4. example, deterrent example, lesson, object lesson(noun)

    punishment intended as a warning to others

    "they decided to make an example of him"

  5. case, instance, example(noun)

    an occurrence of something

    "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"

  6. exercise, example(noun)

    a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

    "you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. example(noun)ɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm-

    a sample or instance

    several examples of the students' work; I don't understand - can you give me an example?

  2. exampleɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm-

    a typical example

    Tina's outburst was a classic example of her lack of control.

  3. exampleɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm-

    indicates you are going to mention an example

    changes in diet - for example, no fried foods or alcoholic drinks

  4. exampleɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm-

    sb or sth considered to be good model to copy

    She's an example to all of us.

  5. exampleɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm-

    to show good behavior

    Try to set an example for the younger kids.


  1. example(Noun)

    Something that is representative of all such things in a group.

  2. example(Noun)

    Something that serves to illustrate or explain a rule.

  3. example(Noun)

    Something that serves as a pattern of behaviour to be imitated (a good example) or not to be imitated (a bad example).

  4. example(Noun)

    A person punished as a warning to others.

  5. example(Noun)

    A parallel or closely similar case, especially when serving as a precedent or model.

  6. example(Noun)

    An instance (as a problem to be solved) serving to illustrate the rule or precept or to act as an exercise in the application of the rule.

  7. example(Verb)

    To be illustrated or exemplified (by)

  8. Origin: From example, from essample (French: exemple), from exemplum, from eximo, from ex + emo; see exempt. Compare ensample, sample, exemplar. Displaced native Middle English bisne, forbus (from Old English bisen, forebisen) and Middle English byspel (from Old English bispel).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Example(noun)

    one or a portion taken to show the character or quality of the whole; a sample; a specimen

  2. Example(noun)

    that which is to be followed or imitated as a model; a pattern or copy

  3. Example(noun)

    that which resembles or corresponds with something else; a precedent; a model

  4. Example(noun)

    that which is to be avoided; one selected for punishment and to serve as a warning; a warning

  5. Example(noun)

    an instance serving for illustration of a rule or precept, especially a problem to be solved, or a case to be determined, as an exercise in the application of the rules of any study or branch of science; as, in trigonometry and grammar, the principles and rules are illustrated by examples

  6. Example(verb)

    to set an example for; to give a precedent for; to exemplify; to give an instance of; to instance


  1. example

    The name example is reserved by the Internet Engineering Task Force in RFC 2606 as a domain name that may not be installed as a top-level domain in the Domain Name System of the Internet.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'example' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #794

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'example' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1007

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'example' in Nouns Frequency: #191

Anagrams of example

  1. exempla

Translations for example

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something that represents other things of the same kind; a specimen

an example of his handwriting.

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