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example

noun
/ɪɡˈzæmpl/ example pronunciation American
 
1 example (of something) something such as an object, a fact, or a situation that shows, explains, or supports what you sayCan you give me an example of what you mean?This dictionary has many examples of how words are used.Just to give you an example of his generosity—he gave me his old car and wouldn't take any money for it.It is important to cite examples to support your argument.I will take four different examples from contemporary literature to illustrate my point.2 example (of something) a thing that is typical of or represents a particular group or setThis is a good example of the artist's early work.It is a perfect example of a medieval castle.Japan is often quoted as the prime example of a modern industrial nation.It is a classic example of how not to design a new downtown area.3 a person or their behavior that is thought to be a good model for others to copy example (to someone)Her courage is an example to us all. example (for someone)He sets an example for the other students. example (of something)She is a shining example of what people with disabilities can achieve.He is a captain who leads by example.4 a person's behavior, either good or bad, that other people copyIt would be a mistake to follow his example.IDIOMS

for example

(abbr. e.g.) used to emphasize something that explains or supports what you are saying; used to give an example of what you are sayingThere is a similar word in many languages, for example in French and Italian.The report is incomplete; it does not include sales in France, for example.It is possible to combine Computer Science with other subjects, for example Physics.for example

make an example of someone

to punish someone as a warning to others not to do the same thing
make an example of
Usage notesLanguage Bank: e.g.giving examplesThe Web site has a variety of interactive exercises (e.g., matching games, crosswords, and quizzes).The Web site has a variety of interactive exercises, including matching games, crosswords, and quizzes.Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, blogs, and social networking sites, have changed the way that people use the Internet.Many Web sites now allow users to contribute information.A good example of this is the “wiki,” a type of Web site that anyone can edit.Wikis vary in how open they are.For example, some wikis allow anybody to edit content, while others only allow registered users to do this.Wikis vary in how open they are. Some wikis, for example/for instance, allow anybody to edit content, while others only allow registered users to do this.More and more people read their news on the Internet.To take one example, over 18 million people visited the “New York Times” Web site in December.Online newspapers are now more popular than paper ones. The “Los Angeles Times” is a case in point. Its print circulation has fallen in recent years, while its Web site attracts millions of users every month.⇨ note at example⇨ Language Banks at addition, argue, evidence, illustrateUsage notesThesaurus: examplecase instance specimen illustrationThese are all words for a thing or situation that is typical of a particular group or set, and is sometimes used to support an argument.example something such as an object, a fact, or a situation that shows, explains, or supports what you say; a thing that is typical of or represents a particular group or set: Can you give me an example of what you mean?case a particular situation or a situation of a particular type; a situation that relates to a particular person or thing: In some cases people have had to wait several weeks for an appointment.instance (somewhat formal) a particular situation or a situation of a particular type: The report highlights a number of instances of injustice.specimen an example of something, especially an animal or a plant: The aquarium has some interesting specimens of tropical fish.illustration (somewhat formal) a story, an event, or an example that clearly shows the truth about something: The statistics are a clear illustration of the point I am trying to make.example or illustration?An illustration is often used to show that something is true. An example is used to help to explain something.patternsa(n) example/case/instance/specimen/illustration of somethingin a particular case/instancefor example/instance