Exemplify Ex*em"pli*fyv. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exemplified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exemplifying}.] [L. exemplum example + -fy: cf. LL. exemplificare to copy, serve as an example.] 1. To show or illustrate by example. [1913 Webster]

He did but . . . exemplify the principles in which he had been brought up. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. To copy; to transcribe; to make an attested copy or transcript of, under seal, as of a record. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

3. To prove or show by an attested copy. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • exemplify — exemplify, illustrate are comparable when they mean to use in speaking or writing concrete instances or cases to make clear something which is difficult, abstract, general, or remote from experience or to serve as an instance, case, or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • exemplify — I verb act the part of, actualize, be taken for, be the equivalent of, betoken, cite, connote, convey an impression, delineate, demonstrate, denote, depict, display, elucidate, embody, enucleate, evidence, evince, exhibit, explicate, express,… …   Law dictionary

  • exemplify — early 15c., to illustrate by examples, to instruct by (good) example, from M.L. exemplificare to illustrate, from L. exemplum (see EXAMPLE (Cf. example)). Meaning to serve as an example is recorded from 1793. Related: Exemplified; exemplifies;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • exemplify — [v] serve as an example body, cite, clarify, clear up, demonstrate, depict, display, elucidate, emblematize, embody, enlighten, epitomize, evidence, exhibit, illuminate, illustrate, instance, manifest, mirror, personify, quote, represent, show,… …   New thesaurus

  • exemplify — ► VERB (exemplifies, exemplified) ▪ be or give a typical example of. DERIVATIVES exemplification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • exemplify — [eg zem′plə fī΄, igzem′plə fī΄] vt. exemplified, exemplifying [ME exemplifien < OFr exemplifier < ML exemplificare < L exemplum, an example + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to show by example; serve as an example of 2. to make a legally… …   English World dictionary

  • exemplify — UK [ɪɡˈzemplɪfaɪ] / US [ɪɡˈzemplɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms exemplify : present tense I/you/we/they exemplify he/she/it exemplifies present participle exemplifying past tense exemplified past participle exemplified a) to be a typical… …   English dictionary

  • exemplify — exemplifiable, adj. exemplifier, n. /ig zem pleuh fuy /, v.t., 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… …   Universalium

  • exemplify — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. typify; illustrate, explain, quote. See conformity. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. illustrate, typify, embody, epitomize; see explain , represent 3 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.… …   English dictionary for students

  • exemplify — ex|em|pli|fy [ ıg zemplı,faı ] verb transitive to be a typical example of something: The bank s collapse exemplifies the risks of large scale currency dealing. a. to show something using an example: I will exemplify my point with a true story… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”