Learner's definition of EXAMPLE
1 : a person or way of behaving that is seen as a model that should be followed
He was inspired by the example of his older brother. [=he wanted to do what his older brother did]
You should try to follow her example. [=try to do as she does]
Let that be an example to you! [=let that show you what you should or should not do]
He set a good/bad example for the rest of us.
It's up to you to set an example. [=to behave in a way that shows other people how to behave]
2 a : someone or something that is mentioned to help explain what you are saying or to show that a general statement is true b : something or someone chosen from a group in order to show what the whole group is like
We've chosen three examples of contemporary architecture for closer study.
a classic example of a Persian rug
a fine/prime example of the artist's work
3 a : a phrase or sentence that shows how a word is used b : something (such as a problem that a student has to solve) that is used to teach how a rule or process works
— used when you are mentioning a specific person or thing that helps to explain what you are saying or to show that a general statement is true
Things are getting better. Last year, for example [=for instance], the company achieved record sales in Europe.
It was obvious that her memory was failing. For example, she would often forget where she put her car keys.
A lot of my friends were there—John and Linda, for example.
make an example of
◊ If you make an example of a person who has done something wrong, you punish that person as a way of warning other people not to do the same thing.