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example

[ ig-zam-puhl, -zahm- ]
/ ɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm- /
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noun
verb (used with object), ex·am·pled, ex·am·pling.
Rare. to give or be an example of; exemplify (used in the passive).
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Origin of example

1350–1400; Middle English exa(u)mple<Middle French example<Latin exemplum, akin to eximere to take out (ex-ex-1 + emere to buy, originally take); replacing Middle English exemple<Latin, as above

synonym study for example

1. Example, sample, specimen refer to an individual phenomenon taken as representative of a type, or to a part representative of the whole. Example is used of an object, condition, etc., that is assumed to illustrate a certain principle or standard: a good example of baroque architecture. Sample refers to a small portion of a substance or to a single representative of a group or type that is intended to show what the rest of the substance or the group is like: a sample of yarn. Specimen usually suggests that the “sample” chosen is intended to serve a scientific or technical purpose: a blood specimen; zoological specimens. 2. See ideal. 3. See case1.
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British Dictionary definitions for example

example
/ (ɪɡˈzɑːmpəl) /

noun
a specimen or instance that is typical of the group or set of which it forms part; sample
a person, action, thing, etc, that is worthy of imitation; patternyou must set an example to the younger children
a precedent, illustration of a principle, or modelan example in a maths book
a punishment or the recipient of a punishment serving or intended to serve as a warningthe headmaster made an example of him
for example as an illustration; for instance
verb
(tr; now usually passive) to present an example of; exemplify

Word Origin for example

C14: from Old French, from Latin exemplum pattern, from eximere to take out, from ex- 1 + emere to purchase
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with example

example

see for example; make an example of; set an example.

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