[ 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.
Also especially British, e·pit·o·mise.

Origin of epitomize

First recorded in 1590–1600; epitom(e) + -ize


e·pit·o·mi·za·tion, noune·pit·o·miz·er, nounun·e·pit·o·mized, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for epitomizing

  • Epitomizing the budget talks, his next offer was received with equal contempt.

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

    Gold|Stewart White

British Dictionary definitions for epitomizing



/ (ɪˈpɪtəˌmaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to be a personification of; typify
to make an epitome of

Derived forms of epitomize

epitomist, nounepitomization or epitomisation, nounepitomizer or epitomiser, noun
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