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[ih-pit-uh-mahyz] /ɪˈpɪt əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), epitomized, epitomizing.
to contain or represent in small compass; serve as a typical example of; typify:
This meadow epitomizes the beauty of the whole area.
to make an epitome of:
to epitomize an argument.
Also, especially British, epitomise.
Origin of epitomize
1590-1600; epitom(e) + -ize
Related forms
epitomization, noun
epitomizer, noun
unepitomized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Everything was different, and we saw it through the eyes of youth and romance as epitomizing the storied tropics.

    Gold Stewart White
  • It is a lively story, palpitating with strong feeling and epitomizing the blazing years of her anarchist activity.

    Emma Goldman Charles A. Madison
  • Over in the corner under the lamp the sealer and bookkeeper was epitomizing the results of his day.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for epitomizing


verb (transitive)
to be a personification of; typify
to make an epitome of
Derived Forms
epitomist, noun
epitomization, epitomisation, noun
epitomizer, epitomiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for epitomizing



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

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