verb (used with object), ex·em·pli·fied, ex·em·pli·fy·ing.
Origin of exemplify
Examples from the Web for exemplify
Few Americans appear to exemplify that proposition better than Joseph P. Kennedy.“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life|Jacob Heilbrunn|November 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“Thom Grey was created to exemplify a more youthful and university inspired sensibility,” the designer told WWD.Mary-Kate Olsen Moves In; 20,000 Pairs of Fake Louboutins Seized|The Daily Beast|August 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He was not Hugh Hefner, who used his house to exemplify his sexual values.
But if there is such a thing as form without significance in music, might not these compositions serve to exemplify it?Musical Portraits|Paul Rosenfeld
He goes on to exemplify how, "By combining the basic strokes,one obtains other ideograms."The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
I may add that Iago certainly cannot be taken to exemplify the popular Elizabethan idea of a disciple of Macchiavelli.Shakespearean Tragedy|A. C. Bradley
Bodies which exemplify it are like those included in the last category, save that the two poles of the body are not alike.
It became the colonel's pleasure to develop and exemplify this idea at all points of their progress through Germany.A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories|William D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for exemplify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
- to make an official copy of (a document from public records) under seal
- to transcribe (a legal document)
Word Origin for exemplify
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.