1. a representative form or pattern

    Synonyms : model
    Type Of : representation, internal representation, mental representation
    Examples :
    • I profited from his example
  2. something to be imitated

    Synonyms : exemplar, good example, model
    Type Of : ideal
  3. an occurrence of something

    Synonyms : case, instance
    Type Of : happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    Examples :
    • but there is always the famous example of the Smiths
  4. an item of information that is typical of a class or group

    Synonyms : illustration, instance, representative
    Type Of : information
    Examples :
    • this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome
    • there is an example on page 10
  5. punishment intended as a warning to others

    Synonyms : deterrent example, lesson, object lesson
    Type Of : monition, admonition, word of advice, warning
    Examples :
    • they decided to make an example of him
  6. a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

    Synonyms : exercise
    Type Of : lesson
    Examples :
    • you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook


  1. appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use

    Synonyms : defalcate, malversate, misappropriate, peculate
    Type Of : rip, rip off, steal
    Examples :
    • The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family