exemplify

[ig-zem-pluh-fahy] /ɪgˈzɛm pləˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), exemplified, exemplifying.
1.
to show or illustrate by example.
2.
to furnish or serve as an example of:
"The plays of Wilde exemplify the comedy of manners."
3.
Law. to transcribe or copy; make an attested copy of (a document) under seal.
Origin
1375–1425; late Middle English exemplifien < Middle French exemplifier < Medieval Latin exemplificāre to copy. See exemplum, -ify
Related forms
exemplifiable, adjective
exemplifier, noun
well-exemplified, adjective
Synonyms
2. typify, epitomize, depict, embody.
British Dictionary definitions for exemplifiable
exemplify (ɪɡˈzɛmplɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to show by example
2.  to serve as an example of
3.  law
 a.  to make an official copy of (a document from public records) under seal
 b.  to transcribe (a legal document)
 
[C15: via Old French from Medieval Latin exemplificāre, from Latin exemplumexample + facere to make]
 
ex'emplifiable
 
adj
 
exemplifi'cation
 
n
 
ex'emplificative
 
adj
 
ex'emplifier
 
n

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Word Origin and History for exemplifiable
exemplify
early 15c., "to illustrate by examples, to instruct by (good) example," from M.L. exemplificare, from exemplum (see example). Meaning "to serve as an example" is recorded from 1793. Related: Exemplified; exemplifies; exemplifying.
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