[ ih-pit-uh-mahyz ]
/ ɪˈpɪt əˌmaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. epithelization,
  2. epithet,
  3. epitome,
  4. epitomise,
  5. epitomist,
  6. epitope,
  7. epitrachelion,
  8. epitrichium,
  9. epitrochoid,
  10. epitympanic

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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British Dictionary definitions for epitomize



/ (ɪˈpɪtəˌmaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to be a personification of; typify
to make an epitome of
Derived Formsepitomist, nounepitomization or epitomisation, nounepitomizer or epitomiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for epitomize



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

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