Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To illustrate by example: exemplify an argument.
  • transitive v. To serve as an example of: scenes that exemplify the film director's style.
  • transitive v. Law To make a certified copy of (a document).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To show or illustrate by example.
  • v. To be an instance of or serve as an example.
  • v. To make an attested copy or transcript of (a document) under seal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To show or illustrate by example.
  • transitive v. To copy; to transcribe; to make an attested copy or transcript of, under seal, as of a record.
  • transitive v. To prove or show by an attested copy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To show or illustrate by example.
  • To copy; transcribe; make an attested copy or transcript of under seal.
  • To prove or show by an attested copy.
  • To make an example of, as by punishing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be characteristic of
  • v. clarify by giving an example of

Etymologies

Middle English exemplifien, from Old French exemplifier, from Medieval Latin exemplificāre : Latin exemplum, example; see example + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin exemplificare, from Latin exemplum ("example"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Authenticity is one of the deepest things Leaders Without a Title exemplify.

    The Leader Who Had No Title

  • It seems to me that the lesson that we should learn and take to heart and preach and exemplify, is that which was preached by the Honourable George Brown at the time of Confederation.

    Are We Equal to the Occasion?

  • Many of these terms exemplify the witty and ironic creativeness of English speakers; my own favorite in this regard is laced mutton, a British slang phrase current in the 16th -- 18th centuries, in which the ambiguity of laced is quite effective.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VIII No 3

  • Bitter bah-humbug, self-centered and short-sighted attitudes like that expressed by "Hillary or McCain" exemplify "what's wrong with the country".

    Obama holds big lead in Oregon

  • So by condemning the racism of Hamas and Hizbollah and the Iranian leadership, I "exemplify" intolerance.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • WHITFIELD: Yeah, it speaks to what a lot of the prior athletes have been through and how they really do kind of exemplify the sacrifice for today's athletes, but really, you know, talking about Ewing and Janick Noah and John Thompson, I mean, it's got to be a tremendous amount of pressure, Larry, for these young guys to kind of fill the shoes of their dad.

    CNN Transcript Mar 31, 2007

  • "There are really two guys who kind of exemplify our special teams play," said Arena.

    USCHO.com News

  • Along the way, you will be transported to other rich and diverse cultures and experiences that exemplify the essence of Bushman spirituality—spontaneous movement, gleeful absurdity, and potent life force.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • All of this evolved over the years to become the more sophisticated textual forms that the writers now exemplify in glorious fashion.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • These examples of the old and the new exemplify both constancy and change within American religion.

    American Grace

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