[ ig-zem-pluh-fahy ]
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verb (used with object),ex·em·pli·fied, ex·em·pli·fy·ing.
  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.

  1. Law. to transcribe or copy; make an attested copy of (a document) under seal.

Origin of exemplify

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English exemplifien, from Middle French exemplifier, from Medieval Latin exemplificāre “to copy”; See exemplum, -ify

Other words for exemplify

Other words from exemplify

  • ex·em·pli·fi·a·ble [ig-zem-pluh-fahy-uh-buhl], /ɪgˌzɛm pləˈfaɪ ə bəl/, adjective
  • ex·em·pli·fi·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for exemplify


/ (ɪɡˈzɛmplɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to show by example

  2. to serve as an example of

  1. law

    • to make an official copy of (a document from public records) under seal

    • to transcribe (a legal document)

Origin of exemplify

C15: via Old French from Medieval Latin exemplificāre, from Latin exemplum example + facere to make

Derived forms of exemplify

  • exemplifiable, adjective
  • exemplification, noun
  • exemplificative, adjective
  • exemplifier, noun

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