- To exemplify is defined as to be the perfect example of something or to give an example to illustrate a point.
- When a piece of art is the perfect example of the modern art movement, it is an example of the art that exemplifies the modern art movement.
- An example of exemplify is when you give an example in your speech to illustrate what you are trying to say.
transitive verbexemplified, exemplifying
- to show by example; serve as an example of
- to make a legally attested or certified copy or transcript of (a document) under seal
Origin of exemplifyMiddle English exemplifien ; from Old French exemplifier ; from Medieval Latin exemplificare ; from Classical Latin exemplum, an example + facere, to make, do
transitive verbex·em·pli·fied, ex·em·pli·fy·ing, ex·em·pli·fies
- a. To illustrate by example: exemplify an argument.b. To serve as an example of: scenes that exemplify the film director's style.
- Law To make a certified copy of (a document).
Origin of exemplifyMiddle English exemplifien, from Old French exemplifier, from Medieval Latin exemplificāre : Latin exemplum, example; see example + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present exemplifies, present participle exemplifying, simple past and past participle exemplified)