verb (used with object), typ·i·fied, typ·i·fy·ing.

to serve as a typical example of; exemplify.
to serve as a symbol or emblem of; symbolize; prefigure.
to represent by a type or symbol.

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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Contemporary Examples of typified

Historical Examples of typified

  • She typified that youth and hope that he had felt slipping away from him.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It was the rush and roar of rain that he typified, and it stopped him, for no voice could be heard in it.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Ptah typified at once the working power and the truthfulness of God.

  • And so God, by this sprinkling, has typified the spiritual sprinkling.

  • He typified the spirit of joy to me—there was never a moment when he had not some vivid plan for me.

    Glory of Youth

    Temple Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for typified


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to be typical of; characterize
to symbolize or represent completely, by or as if by a type
Derived Formstypification, nountypifier, noun

Word Origin for typify

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



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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