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Definitions for exemplify
ɪgˈzɛm pləˌfaɪex·em·pli·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exemplify, representverb

    be characteristic of

    "This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue"

  2. exemplify, illustrate, instanceverb

    clarify by giving an example of


  1. exemplifyverb

    To show or illustrate by example.

  2. exemplifyverb

    To be an instance of or serve as an example.

  3. exemplifyverb

    To make an attested copy or transcript of (a document) under seal.

  4. Etymology: From mediaeval exemplificare, from exemplum ‘example’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Exemplifyverb

    Etymology: from exemplar.

    This might be exemplified even by heaps of rites and customs, now superstitious in the greatest part of the Christian world. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 3.

    Our author has exemplified his precepts in the very precepts themselves. Spectator, №. 253.

    A satire may be exemplified by pictures, characters, and examples. Alexander Pope, to Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exemplifyverb

    to show or illustrate by example

  2. Exemplifyverb

    to copy; to transcribe; to make an attested copy or transcript of, under seal, as of a record

  3. Exemplifyverb

    to prove or show by an attested copy

  4. Etymology: [L. exemplum example + -fy: cf. LL. exemplificare to copy, serve as an example.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exemplify

    egz-em′pli-fī, v.t. to illustrate by example: to make an attested copy of: to prove by an attested copy:—pr.p. exem′plifying; pa.p. exem′plified.adj. Exem′plifīable.—n. Exemplificā′tion, act of exemplifying: that which exemplifies: a copy or transcript. [L. exemplum, example, facĕre, to make.]

Editors Contribution

  1. exemplify

    1. State as an example 2. A fact or statement

    Exemplify an argument

    Submitted by anonymous on September 7, 2014  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exemplify in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exemplify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of exemplify in a Sentence

  1. Landmarks Preservation Commission:

    The building is significant architecturally for its intact Renaissance Revival facade that stretches around a corner site and for its steel skeleton-frame construction, features that exemplify the stylistic character and technological advances in skyscraper architecture at the time it was built.

  2. Shawn Green:

    Not only can they help instruct and show the Israeli players how to play the game, they can also go out there and demonstrate what it takes to perform as a professional baseball player and exemplify the right way to play the game.

  3. Lewisville Police Department:

    We believe in community policing and these three men exemplify how working together can help keep our community safe, thank you for being our other Brothers in Blue and our Green Guardian.

  4. Amber Kraft:

    When Jessica Maddox look at how much weight bears need to gain to survive six months of famine, Jessica Maddox can't help but cheer them on. People love bears and they love a good competition, for us, we are happy to share because fat bears exemplify the richness of Katmai National Katmai National Park and Bristol Bay, Alaska.

  5. Mario Andrada:

    Rio de Janeiro won the right to host the Games because it had the best project. The difference in the votes, 66 to 32 against Madrid, excludes any possibility of an election that could have been rigged, french prosecutors and the Guardian newspaper do not make any reference to the Rio 2016 candidacy, they only cite the city as to exemplify a process which, according to them, had a problem in the preliminary phase.

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