- example + -fy: cf.
LL. exemplificare to copy, serve as an example.]
1. To show or illustrate by example.
He did but . . . exemplify the principles in which he had been brought up. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]
3. To prove or show by an attested copy. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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exemplify — exemplifiable, adj. exemplifier, n. /ig zem pleuh fuy /, v.t., exemplified, exemplifying. 1. to show or illustrate by example. 2. to furnish or serve as an example of: The plays of Wilde exemplify the comedy of manners. 3. Law. to transcribe or… … Universalium
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