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Meaning & Definition of Example in English

English

Example

/ɪgzæmpəl/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • example
  • ,
  • illustration
  • ,
  • instance
  • ,
  • representative

2. A representative form or pattern

  • "I profited from his example"
    synonym:
  • model
  • ,
  • example

3. Something to be imitated

  • "An exemplar of success"
  • "A model of clarity"
  • "He is the very model of a modern major general"
    synonym:
  • exemplar
  • ,
  • example
  • ,
  • model
  • ,
  • good example

4. Punishment intended as a warning to others

  • "They decided to make an example of him"
    synonym:
  • example
  • ,
  • deterrent example
  • ,
  • lesson
  • ,
  • object lesson

5. An occurrence of something

  • "It was a case of bad judgment"
  • "Another instance occurred yesterday"
  • "But there is always the famous example of the smiths"
    synonym:
  • case
  • ,
  • instance
  • ,
  • example

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"
    synonym:
  • exercise
  • ,
  • example

Examples of using

Could you give me an example?
It was a good example.
That accident is a very good example of what happens when you're not careful.