[ ig-zam-puh l, -zahm- ]
/ ɪgˈzæm pəl, -ˈzɑm- /


verb (used with object), ex·am·pled, ex·am·pling.

Rare. to give or be an example of; exemplify (used in the passive).

Origin of example

1350–1400; Middle English exa(u)mple < Middle French example < Latin exemplum, akin to eximere to take out ( ex- ex-1 + emere to buy, orig. take); replacing Middle English exemple < Latin, as above

synonym study for example

1. Example, sample, specimen refer to an individual phenomenon taken as representative of a type, or to a part representative of the whole. Example is used of an object, condition, etc., that is assumed to illustrate a certain principle or standard: a good example of baroque architecture. Sample refers to a small portion of a substance or to a single representative of a group or type that is intended to show what the rest of the substance or the group is like: a sample of yarn. Specimen usually suggests that the “sample” chosen is intended to serve a scientific or technical purpose: a blood specimen; zoological specimens. 2. See ideal. 3. See case1.

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British Dictionary definitions for example

/ (ɪɡˈzɑːmpəl) /


a specimen or instance that is typical of the group or set of which it forms part; sample
a person, action, thing, etc, that is worthy of imitation; pattern you must set an example to the younger children
a precedent, illustration of a principle, or model an example in a maths book
a punishment or the recipient of a punishment serving or intended to serve as a warning the headmaster made an example of him
for example as an illustration; for instance


(tr; now usually passive) to present an example of; exemplify

Word Origin for example

C14: from Old French, from Latin exemplum pattern, from eximere to take out, from ex- 1 + emere to purchase

Idioms and Phrases with example


see for example; make an example of; set an example.