Definition of exemplify in English:

exemplify

verb

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

    ‘rock bands that best exemplify the spirit of the age’
    • ‘As such, all three exemplify the spirit of romantic rebellion against the modern bourgeois order - a rebellion that is itself fundamentally modern and bourgeois.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The following lyric exemplifies the spirit of the song.’
    • ‘But they referred to something more - the museum's spirit of innovation, exemplified by its new £4 million wing, The Works, opened in 1999.’
    • ‘Coming up, two people who exemplify the spirit of the American worker.’
    • ‘The reaction of the players to the loss of these influential players exemplified the team's spirit.’
    • ‘This approach is clearly exemplified by current campaigns to persuade parents to choose the MMR vaccine.’
    • ‘This cultural detente is the latest move in a warming trend exemplified by the successful joint hosting of the 2002 soccer World Cup.’
    • ‘In many ways the company exemplifies the current state of American business.’
    • ‘The special award, presented posthumously, exemplifies the spirit of Muskingum College.’
    • ‘Indeed, the energetic former accountant from Maharashtra state exemplifies the new trend of merit winning out over lineage or wealth.’
    • ‘Some argue that the current shows really do exemplify black life and culture.’
    • ‘The people he's working with exemplify a distinct trend in the new population.’
    • ‘Robert exemplifies the finest spirit of Louisiana citizens.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our industry is one steeped in parts and details, and the current crop of specifications exemplifies such.’
    • ‘This status is exemplified by the current consultation exercise to draw up a national plan for health.’
    • ‘It's a great Australian and human story exemplifying the antithesis of current Coalition values.’
    • ‘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.’
    typify, epitomize, be a typical example of, serve as a typical example of, represent, be representative of, symbolize
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    1. 1.1 Give an example of; illustrate by giving an example.
      • ‘This poignant illustration of devastated motherhood exemplifies the problematics of literalizing Beloved on screen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An illustration of the expansion is exemplified in the following Senior Steward's experience.’
      • ‘In a way, Kuhn's work exemplifies what it describes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This work exemplifies the analytical power of critical discourse analysis by illustrating how language is utilized as a tool for political ends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just sit him down with this chapter and be assured that Sharp is the master at explaining, clarifying and exemplifying.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘What she does not see is that Dante perfectly exemplifies Western culture's strong tendency towards universalism.’
      illustrate, give an example of, give an instance of, demonstrate, instance
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    2. 1.2Law Make an attested copy of (a document) under an official seal.
      • ‘This is the principal of ethical retribution, exemplified (in criminal law) by Kant's dictum about the moral necessity of executing even the last murderer.’
      • ‘The question therefore is whether the materials exemplified will have the qualities called for by the claim and in particular whether hoes in late prehistoric times.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

exemplify

/ɪɡˈzɛmpləˌfaɪ//iɡˈzempləˌfī/