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Meaning of “example” in the English Dictionary

"example" in British English

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examplenoun [C]

uk   /ɪɡˈzɑːm.pl̩/  us   /-ˈzæm-/
  • example noun [C] (TYPICAL CASE)

A1 something that is ​typical of the ​group of things that it is a ​member of: Could you give me an example of the ​improvements you have ​mentioned? This ​painting is a ​marvellous example of her ​work.
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A1 a way of ​helping someone to ​understand something by ​showing them how it is used: Study the examples first of all, then ​attempt the ​exercises on the next ​page.for example A1 used when giving an example of the ​type of thing you ​mean: Offices can ​easilybecome more environmentally-friendly by, for example, using ​recycledpaper.

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  • example noun [C] (BEHAVIOUR)

B2 a ​person or a way of ​behaving that is ​consideredsuitable to be ​copied: He's a very good example to the ​rest of the ​class. He's ​decided to follow the example of his ​father and ​studylaw.

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  • example noun [C] (PUNISHMENT)

a ​punishment that is ​intended to ​warnothers against doing the thing that is being ​punished, or a ​person who ​receives such a ​punishment: The ​judge made an example of him and gave him the ​maximumpossiblesentence.
(Definition of example from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"example" in American English

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examplenoun [C]

 us   /ɪɡˈzæm·pəl/
  • 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 ​particularcaseshowing a more ​generalsituation), some ​statesallow 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 ​wantourteachers to set a good example. They ​followed the example of ​theirfather, who also ​playedbasketball in ​college.
  • example noun [C] (PUNISHMENT)

(a ​person who ​receives) a ​punishment that is ​intended to ​warnothers 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)

"example" in Business English

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examplenoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪɡˈzɑːmpl/
something used to ​represent other things because it has all the ​mainqualities or characteristics that they also have: as an example of how/what/why Economists ​point to the ​autoindustry as an example of how ​lowconsumerspending is hurting the ​economy. Example ​coverletters and ​sample resumés can be ​downloaded for ​free by ​registeredjobseekers.
(Definition of example from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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