Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

epitomize

[ih-pit-uh-mahyz] /ɪˈpɪt əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), epitomized, epitomizing.
1.
to contain or represent in small compass; serve as a typical example of; typify:
This meadow epitomizes the beauty of the whole area.
2.
to make an epitome of:
to epitomize an argument.
Also, especially British, epitomise.
Origin of epitomize
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; epitom(e) + -ize
Related forms
epitomization, noun
epitomizer, noun
unepitomized, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for epitomized
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • In her was epitomized the sadness of the stranger in Vienna.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • The superstition-fostered thing that epitomized his genius to himself.

  • The history of these seven days might be epitomized in the three words—They were happy!

    Wild Margaret Geraldine Fleming
  • A post-office, with its millions of letters, is an epitomized world.

  • By day it is Paris epitomized; by night it is a dream of Greece.

    The Thirteen Honore de Balzac
  • They are epitomized by the two words “army usury” and “money marriages.”

    A Little Garrison Fritz von der Kyrburg
British Dictionary definitions for epitomized

epitomize

/ɪˈpɪtəˌmaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to be a personification of; typify
2.
to make an epitome of
Derived Forms
epitomist, noun
epitomization, epitomisation, noun
epitomizer, epitomiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for epitomized

epitomize

v.

1590s, "shorten, condense," from epitome + -ize. Meaning "typify, embody" is from 1620s. Related: Epitomized; epitomizing; epitomizes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for epitomize

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for epitomized

24
26
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for epitomized