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epitomize

[ 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 .

Origin of epitomize

First recorded in 1590–1600; epitom(e) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM epitomize

e·pit·o·mi·za·tion, noune·pit·o·miz·er, nounun·e·pit·o·mized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epitomize

epitomize

epitomise

/ (ɪˈpɪtəˌmaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to be a personification of; typify
to make an epitome of

Derived forms of epitomize

epitomist, nounepitomization or epitomisation, nounepitomizer or epitomiser, noun
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