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noun [countable]     example pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    something that you mention in order to show the type of thing that you are talking about and to help to explain what you mean

    Many sports are still dominated by menfootball is an obvious example.

    example of:

    He gave several examples of how we could change things.

  2. 2
    [singular] a person or way of behaving that is considered as a model for other people to copy
    set an example:

    You should be setting an example for your little brother.

    follow someone’s example:

    He followed his sister’s example and demanded more money.

    be an example to someone:

    With his enthusiasm and determination, he’s an example to the rest of the team.

  3. 3
    a phrase or sentence in a dictionary that shows the way that a word is used. It usually follows the definition (=the explanation of the meaning).


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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