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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
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  • Everything was different, and we saw it through the eyes of youth and romance as epitomizing the storied tropics.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for epitomizing

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
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Word Origin and History for epitomizing

epitomize

v.

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

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