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example

noun [C]  /ɪɡˈzæm·pəl/ us  

example noun [C] (TYPICAL CASE)

something that is typical of the group that it is a member of or that can be used to represent it: Let me give you an example of what I mean. For example (= as a particular case showing a more general situation), some states allow one adult to care for as many as 12 infants.

example noun [C] (BEHAVIOR)

a person or a person’s behavior when considered as suitable to copy: We want our teachers to set a good example. They followed the example of their father, who also played basketball in college.

example noun [C] (PUNISHMENT)

(a person who receives) a punishment that is intended to warn others against doing the thing that is being punished: The judge made an example of him and sentenced him to prison.
(Definition of example from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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