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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Examples from the Web for typify

Historical Examples of typify

  • Was he a quadruped with mane and tail, or an allegory invented to typify destiny?

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Therefore, when you fight for us you fight not only for yourself, but for everything you typify.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill

    Gilbert K. Chesterton

  • It seemed to her to typify all that was unlovely in her life.

  • His Virgins are like goddesses, and seem to typify for him the strength of womanhood.

    Luca Signorelli

    Maud Cruttwell

  • This was to typify to him his own undutiful and unnatural behavior.

    Richard I

    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for typify


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 typify

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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