[ 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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Examples 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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper