Definition - In semantics, the object-to-word relationship is called exemplification.

As opposed to its converse, the word-to-object relationship, which is called denotation.

Example -
The name Snoop Dogg denotes a person who raps. The person who raps and who answers to the name Snoop Dogg (aka Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr.) is the exemplification of the name Snoop Dogg.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Latin exemplum, a sample — literally: "that which is taken out" (from eximere, take out or remove). This use of the term was popularized and perhaps coined by Nelson Goodman in his book Languages of Art: An Approach to a Theory of Symbols (1976).

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