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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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for wellexemplified

exemplify

/ɪɡˈzɛmplɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to show by example
2.
to serve as an example of
3.
(law)
  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 wellexemplified

exemplify

v.

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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