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.

Origin of epitomize

1
First recorded in 1590–1600; epitom(e) + -ize
  • Also especially British, e·pit·o·mise .

Other words from epitomize

  • e·pit·o·mi·za·tion, noun
  • e·pit·o·miz·er, noun
  • un·e·pit·o·mized, adjective

Words Nearby epitomize

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How to use epitomize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for epitomize

epitomize

epitomise

/ (ɪˈpɪtəˌmaɪz) /


verb(tr)
  1. to be a personification of; typify

  2. to make an epitome of

Derived forms of epitomize

  • epitomist, noun
  • epitomization or epitomisation, noun
  • epitomizer or epitomiser, noun

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