Etymology
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exemplify (v.)

early 15c., exemplifien, "to illustrate or demonstrate by examples, to instruct by (good) example, be or serve as a model (of conduct)," good or bad, from Medieval Latin exemplificare "to illustrate," from Latin exemplum "example, pattern, model" (see example). Meaning "to serve as an example" is recorded from 1793. Related: Exemplified; exemplifies; exemplifying.

updated on May 03, 2020

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Definitions of exemplify from WordNet

exemplify (v.)
be characteristic of;
This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue
Synonyms: represent
exemplify (v.)
clarify by giving an example of;
Synonyms: illustrate / instance
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