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EXAMPLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does example mean? 

EXAMPLE (noun)
  The noun EXAMPLE has 6 senses:

1. an item of information that is representative of a type
2. a representative form or pattern
3. something to be imitated
4. punishment intended as a warning to others
5. an occurrence of something
6. a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

  Familiarity information: EXAMPLE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXAMPLE (noun)


Sense 1example [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An item of information that is representative of a type

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

example; instance; illustration; representative

Context examples:

this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome / there is an example on page 10

Hypernyms ("example" is a kind of...):

information (knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "example"):

apology; excuse (a poor example)

exception (an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization)

case in point; precedent (an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time)

quintessence (the most typical example or representative of a type)

sample (a small part of something intended as representative of the whole)

specimen (an example regarded as typical of its class)


Sense 2example [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A representative form or pattern

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

example; model

Context example:

I profited from his example

Hypernyms ("example" is a kind of...):

internal representation; mental representation; representation (a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "example"):

prefiguration (an example that prefigures or foreshadows what is to come)

guide; template; templet (a model or standard for making comparisons)

archetype; original; pilot (an original model on which something is patterned)

microcosm (a miniature model of something)

holotype; type specimen (the original specimen from which the description of a new species is made)

epitome; image; paradigm; prototype (a standard or typical example)

loadstar; lodestar (something that serves as a model or guide)


Sense 3example [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something to be imitated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

exemplar; good example; example; model

Context examples:

an exemplar of success / a model of clarity / he is the very model of a modern major general

Hypernyms ("example" is a kind of...):

ideal (the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "example"):

prodigy (an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality)

pattern (a model considered worthy of imitation)

pacemaker; pacesetter (a leading instance in its field)

beaut; beauty (an outstanding example of its kind)


Sense 4example [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Punishment intended as a warning to others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

deterrent example; object lesson; lesson; example

Context example:

they decided to make an example of him

Hypernyms ("example" is a kind of...):

admonition; monition; warning; word of advice (cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger))


Sense 5example [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An occurrence of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

instance; case; example

Context examples:

it was a case of bad judgment / another instance occurred yesterday / but there is always the famous example of the Smiths

Hypernyms ("example" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "example"):

humiliation; mortification (an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect)

bit; piece (an instance of some kind)

clip; time (an instance or single occasion for some event)


Sense 6example [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

exercise; example

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("example" is a kind of...):

lesson (a task assigned for individual study)


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