(noun, verb)


1. an item of information that is typical of a class or group

- this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome

- there is an example on page 10

Similar word(s): illustration, instance, representative

Definition categories: thought, information

2. a representative form or pattern

- I profited from his example

Similar word(s): model

Definition categories: thought, representation

3. something to be imitated

Similar word(s): exemplar, model

Definition categories: thought, ideal

4. punishment intended as a warning to others

- they decided to make an example of him

Similar word(s): lesson

Definition categories: communication, admonition, monition, warning

5. an occurrence of something

- but there is always the famous example of the Smiths

Similar word(s): case, instance

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

6. a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

- you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook

Similar word(s): exercise

Definition categories: act, lesson


1. To be illustrated or exemplified (by).