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[ig-zem-pluh-fahy] /ɪgˈzɛm pləˌfaɪ/

verb (used with object), exemplified, exemplifying.
to show or illustrate by .
to furnish or serve as an of:
The plays of Wilde exemplify the comedy of manners.
Law. to transcribe or copy; make an attested copy of (a document) under seal.
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to show by example
to serve as an example of


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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