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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 epitomizing

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

Examples from the Web for epitomizing

Contemporary Examples of epitomizing

Historical Examples of epitomizing

  • Everything was different, and we saw it through the eyes of youth and romance as epitomizing the storied tropics.


    Stewart White

  • Over in the corner under the lamp the sealer and bookkeeper was epitomizing the results of his day.

    The Rules of the Game

    Stewart Edward White

  • It is a lively story, palpitating with strong feeling and epitomizing the blazing years of her anarchist activity.

    Emma Goldman

    Charles A. Madison

British Dictionary definitions for epitomizing



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 epitomizing



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

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