- 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.
To exemplify is defined as to be the perfect example of something or to give an example to illustrate a point.
- 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 exemplific&amacron;re : Latin exemplum, example; see example + Latin -fic&amacron;re, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present exemplifies, present participle exemplifying, simple past and past participle exemplified)