[ ih-pit-uh-mahyz ]
/ ɪˈpɪt əˌmaɪz /
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verb (used with object), e·pit·o·mized, e·pit·o·miz·ing.
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.
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Also especially British, e·pit·o·mise .
OTHER WORDS FROM epitomizee·pit·o·mi·za·tion, noune·pit·o·miz·er, nounun·e·pit·o·mized, adjective
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How to use epitomize in a sentence
You cannot epitomise the knowledge that it would take years to acquire into a few volumes that may be read in as many weeks.Friends in Council|Arthur Helps
The brief summary will serve to broadly epitomise the subject, and will prove the ceaseless variety of interest which it involves.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
I shall, however, in a few pages briefly epitomise what passed.The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)|James Anthony Froude
It always seemed to her to characterise and to epitomise him, that grotesque expression.This Freedom|A. S. M. Hutchinson
The actual achievements of Manet epitomise the secondary in art.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning|Willard Huntington Wright
British Dictionary definitions for epitomize
/ (ɪˈpɪtəˌmaɪz) /
to be a personification of; typify
to make an epitome of
Derived forms of epitomizeepitomist, nounepitomization or epitomisation, nounepitomizer or epitomiser, noun
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