[ ig-zem-pluh-fahy ]
/ ɪgˈzɛm pləˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), ex·em·pli·fied, ex·em·pli·fy·ing.

to show or illustrate by example.
to furnish or serve as an example of: The plays of Wilde exemplify the comedy of manners.
Law. to transcribe or copy; make an attested copy of (a document) under seal.

Origin of exemplify

1375–1425; late Middle English exemplifien < Middle French exemplifier < Medieval Latin exemplificāre to copy. See exemplum, -ify
Related formsex·em·pli·fi·a·ble, adjectiveex·em·pli·fi·er, nounwell-ex·em·pli·fied, adjective
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/ (ɪɡˈzɛmplɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to show by example
to serve as an example of
  1. to make an official copy of (a document from public records) under seal
  2. to transcribe (a legal document)
Derived Formsexemplifiable, adjectiveexemplification, nounexemplificative, adjectiveexemplifier, noun

Word Origin for exemplify

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

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