Definition of exemplify in English:

exemplify

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Be a typical example of.

    ‘the best dry sherry is exemplified by the fino of Jerez’
    • ‘This status is exemplified by the current consultation exercise to draw up a national plan for health.’
    • ‘Some argue that the current shows really do exemplify black life and culture.’
    • ‘This cultural detente is the latest move in a warming trend exemplified by the successful joint hosting of the 2002 soccer World Cup.’
    • ‘However the films are finally shown, or even if they are not shown at all, the whole project strikingly exemplifies the current cultural logic of premediation.’
    • ‘Coming up, two people who exemplify the spirit of the American worker.’
    • ‘But they referred to something more - the museum's spirit of innovation, exemplified by its new £4 million wing, The Works, opened in 1999.’
    • ‘The people he's working with exemplify a distinct trend in the new population.’
    • ‘The special award, presented posthumously, exemplifies the spirit of Muskingum College.’
    • ‘McCarthy always includes a ‘friendship wall’ in her shows on which numerous works by her artist friends are displayed, exemplifying the community spirit that seems so pervasive in San Francisco.’
    • ‘Indeed, the energetic former accountant from Maharashtra state exemplifies the new trend of merit winning out over lineage or wealth.’
    • ‘Robert exemplifies the finest spirit of Louisiana citizens.’
    • ‘This approach is clearly exemplified by current campaigns to persuade parents to choose the MMR vaccine.’
    • ‘The reaction of the players to the loss of these influential players exemplified the team's spirit.’
    • ‘In many ways the company exemplifies the current state of American business.’
    • ‘Our industry is one steeped in parts and details, and the current crop of specifications exemplifies such.’
    • ‘As such, all three exemplify the spirit of romantic rebellion against the modern bourgeois order - a rebellion that is itself fundamentally modern and bourgeois.’
    • ‘Articles in the current issue of BTB exemplify the processes whereby social groups in the Bible have imagined their identities and thereby established functional but limited norms for legitimacy.’
    • ‘It's a great Australian and human story exemplifying the antithesis of current Coalition values.’
    • ‘The following lyric exemplifies the spirit of the song.’
    • ‘But, remember that the clincher in selecting the winners would be that spark of daredevilry that exemplifies the channel's spirit of action and adventurous.’
    typify, epitomize, be a typical example of, serve as a typical example of, represent, be representative of, symbolize
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  • 2Illustrate or clarify by giving an example.

    ‘he exemplified his point with an anecdote’
    • ‘This study illustrates that particular patterns and behaviors exemplifying the relationship work of generative fathering can be found in narrative accounts told by fathers of their experiences connecting with children.’
    • ‘There is also a rich tradition of folk art which is best exemplified by the painted beehives illustrated with folk motifs that are found throughout Slovenia.’
    • ‘In contrast to Japan, the U.S. economy cannot finance its economic expansion with its own internal resources, as has been exemplified by the ballooning current account deficit.’
    • ‘This is particularly true of a group of quilts made in northern New York State as exemplified by the Pieties quilt illustrated on page 18.’
    • ‘Power chose a representative sample of artworks that not only illustrates certain points in the text, but also exemplifies the exquisiteness of southeastern Indian art throughout prehistory.’
    • ‘What she does not see is that Dante perfectly exemplifies Western culture's strong tendency towards universalism.’
    • ‘Certainly a better, more timely illustration than one from 1873 could have been chosen to exemplify the primacy and precedence of Sloan's subject matter in American visual culture.’
    • ‘This poignant illustration of devastated motherhood exemplifies the problematics of literalizing Beloved on screen.’
    • ‘An illustration of the expansion is exemplified in the following Senior Steward's experience.’
    • ‘In a way, Kuhn's work exemplifies what it describes.’
    • ‘This work exemplifies the analytical power of critical discourse analysis by illustrating how language is utilized as a tool for political ends.’
    • ‘Just sit him down with this chapter and be assured that Sharp is the master at explaining, clarifying and exemplifying.’
    illustrate, give an example of, give an instance of, demonstrate, instance
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Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin exemplificare, from Latin exemplum ‘sample’ (see example).

Pronunciation

exemplify

/ɪɡˈzɛmplɪfʌɪ//ɛɡˈzɛmplɪfʌɪ/