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epitomize

[ih-pit-uh-mahyz]
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verb (used with object), e·pit·o·mized, e·pit·o·miz·ing.
  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.
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Also especially British, e·pit·o·mise.

Origin of epitomize

First recorded in 1590–1600; epitom(e) + -ize
Related formse·pit·o·mi·za·tion, noune·pit·o·miz·er, nounun·e·pit·o·mized, adjective
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Related Words for epitomize

exemplify, represent, characterize, personify, embody, symbolize, illustrate, summarize, model, mean, cut, abbreviate, shorten, reduce, condense, contract, abridge, digest, compress, capsulize

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British Dictionary definitions for epitomize

epitomize

epitomise

verb (tr)
  1. to be a personification of; typify
  2. to make an epitome of
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Derived Formsepitomist, nounepitomization or epitomisation, nounepitomizer or epitomiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for epitomize

v.

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

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