- 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
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Examples from the Web for epitomized
A self-invented super-funster, John epitomized everything that was great about the Village in the pre-hedge-fund era.When Downtown Was Cool: Mario Batali, Simon Doonan, Wynton Marsalis Remember the Good Old Days
The Daily Beast
April 10, 2014
But with McGovern gone, it seems that the Democratic tradition of decent populism he epitomized was being interred along with him.Prairie Populism Goes Bust As Obama’s Democrats Loses The Empty Quarter
November 4, 2012
Citi, however, is setting the standard, as epitomized by its Mike Mayo blackball.Do Banks Still Play Us for Fools?
September 13, 2010
The divide is epitomized in a video chat posted on the Entertainment Weekly Web site.Love It or Hate It
October 19, 2009
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 Scarecrow and Other Stories
G. Ranger Wormser
The history of these seven days might be epitomized in the three words—They were happy!Wild Margaret
A post-office, with its millions of letters, is an epitomized world.Foot-prints of a letter carrier
By day it is Paris epitomized; by night it is a dream of Greece.The Thirteen
Honore de Balzac
- to be a personification of; typify
- to make an epitome of
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Word Origin and History for epitomized
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