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[ig-zem-pluh-fahy] /ɪgˈzɛm pləˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), exemplified, exemplifying.
to show or illustrate by example.
to furnish or serve as an example of:
The plays of Wilde exemplify the comedy of manners.
Law. to transcribe or copy; make an attested copy of (a document) under seal.
Origin of exemplify
late Middle English
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
2. typify, epitomize, depict, embody. Unabridged
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  • He should have known better, since as an advisor he is supposed to exemplify mature and adult behavior.
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  • He has come to exemplify the coherence of a fierce, prophetic vision.
  • He chooses his characters because they embody concretely and so exemplify the conception he has formed of a significant situation.
British Dictionary definitions for exemplify


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to show by example
to serve as an example of
  1. to make an official copy of (a document from public records) under seal
  2. to transcribe (a legal document)
Derived Forms
exemplifiable, adjective
exemplification, noun
exemplificative, adjective
exemplifier, noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Medieval Latin exemplificāre, from Latin exemplumexample + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for exemplify

early 15c., "to illustrate by examples, to instruct by (good) example," from Medieval Latin exemplificare "to illustrate," from Latin exemplum (see example). Meaning "to serve as an example" is recorded from 1793. Related: Exemplified; exemplifies; exemplifying.

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