Meaning of “example” in the English Dictionary

"example" in British English

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examplenoun [ C ]

uk /ɪɡˈzɑːm.pəl/ us /ɪɡˈzæm.pəl/

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 easily become more environmentally-friendly by, for example, using recycled paper.

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example noun [ C ] (BEHAVIOUR)

B2 a person or a way of behaving that is considered suitable 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 study law.

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example noun [ C ] (PUNISHMENT)

a punishment that is intended to warn others 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 maximum possible sentence.

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(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 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)

"example" in Business English

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examplenoun [ C ]

uk /ɪɡˈzɑːmpl/ us

something used to represent other things because it has all the main qualities or characteristics that they also have:

as an example of how/what/why Economists point to the auto industry as an example of how low consumer spending is hurting the economy.
Example cover letters and sample resumés can be downloaded for free by registered job seekers.

(Definition of “example” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)