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verb (used with object), typ·i·fied, typ·i·fy·ing.
  1. to serve as a typical example of; exemplify.
  2. to serve as a symbol or emblem of; symbolize; prefigure.
  3. to represent by a type or symbol.
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Origin of typify

1625–35; < Latin typ(us) type + -ify
Related formstyp·i·fi·ca·tion, nountyp·i·fi·er, noun
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Related Words for typification

case, fragment, pattern, specimen, piece, sampling, exemplar, essence, embodiment, personification, apotheosis, individual, bite, morsel, illustration, sign, instance, portion, part, indication

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Historical Examples of typification

  • The tutelary divinity was generally a typification of the national character.

    The Moral and Intellectual Diversity of Races

    Arthur, comte de Gobineau

British Dictionary definitions for typification


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to be typical of; characterize
  2. to symbolize or represent completely, by or as if by a type
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Derived Formstypification, nountypifier, noun

Word Origin for typify

C17: from Latin typus type + -ify
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Word Origin and History for typification



1630s, "to represent by a symbol," from Latin typus (see type (n.)) + -fy. Meaning "to serve as a typical specimen of some class, etc." is attested from 1854.

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