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.

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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  • In her was epitomized the sadness of the stranger in Vienna.

    Europe After 8:15

    H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright

  • The superstition-fostered thing that epitomized his genius to himself.

  • The history of these seven days might be epitomized in the three words—They were happy!

    Wild Margaret

    Geraldine Fleming

  • A post-office, with its millions of letters, is an epitomized world.

  • By day it is Paris epitomized; by night it is a dream of Greece.

    The Thirteen

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for epitomized



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 epitomized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper