example noun

1 sth that is typical/demonstrates a point

ADJ. characteristic, classic, prime, representative, typical This is a classic example of a badly designed building. | excellent, fine, good, impressive, magnificent, outstanding, perfect, superb, wonderful a magnificent example of sixteenth-century architecture | fascinating, interesting, intriguing | notable, remarkable, striking | graphic, vivid | dramatic, extreme, spectacular | clear, obvious, simple, straightforward | blatant, flagrant, glaring His treatment of his secretary was a blatant example of managerial arrogance. | familiar, famous, well-known | notorious | common | rare | much-quoted, oft-quoted, often-quoted The oft-quoted example of Nero playing the violin as Rome burned shows the Emperor's detachment from reality. | illustrative | helpful, illuminating, instructive, useful | practical The book is full of practical examples of classroom activities. | concrete Let me give a concrete example of what I mean. | hypothetical

VERB + EXAMPLE give sb, provide (sb with) Let me give you a few examples of what I mean. | contain, include The leaflet includes several examples of bad grammar. | cite, draw, take (sth as) She illustrates her point with examples drawn from contemporary newspaper accounts. To take an obvious example, if there is a good harvest the price of grain will fall. | find

EXAMPLE + VERB illustrate sth, show sth

PREP. for ~ A touring cyclist, for example, might turn the pedals 80 times a minute. | in an/the ~ The teacher in our example is clearly wrong. | ~ of We can still find examples of discrimination today.

2 sb whose behaviour is good and should be copied

ADJ. good, great, inspiring, shining She is a shining example of how to organize your time. | bad, poor

VERB + EXAMPLE set, show You must set a good example to the children. | follow I think all schools should follow the example of this one. | hold sb/sth up as The film was held up as an example of good cinema.

PREP. by ~ Children learn by example. | ~ to His generosity is an example to us all.

PHRASES make an example of sb The headmaster had made an example of him by scolding him in front of the whole school.