example · noun C /ɪgˈzæm.pəl/Full view
A1 something that is typical of the group of things being talked about
Dictionary examples:

This painting here is a marvelous example of her work.

Could you give me an example of the improvements you have mentioned?

This is a very good/typical example of medieval Chinese architecture.

Look at the example before you do the exercise.

Learner example:

I like rap music, one example of that is El Santo. (Key English Test; A2; Catalan)

for example
A1 used to give an example of the type of thing you mean
Dictionary examples:

I like soft fruit, for example peaches and plums.

Some people, students for example, can get cheaper tickets.

Learner example:

You can make a quick snack, for example a sandwich. (Skills for Life (Entry 1); A1; German)

set an example
B2 to do something in a good way so that other people might try to copy you
Dictionary example:

Try to set a good example for the younger children.

Learner example:

It sets a good example for other museums. (First Certificate in English; B2; Chinese)

a/the prime example
C2 a very good example of something
Dictionary example:

This is a prime example of what happens when communication is poor.

Learner example:

In this context in the analyses of Piggy's character, it strikes me as a first spontaneous impression that he personifies the typical proper schoolboy who will later on undoubtedly grow up to be the prime example of a good and responsible citizen. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; German)

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