typify

[ tip-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈtɪp əˌfaɪ /

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.

Nearby words

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  2. typhus vaccine,
  3. typical,
  4. typically,
  5. typicon,
  6. typing,
  7. typing element,
  8. typist,
  9. typo,
  10. typo-

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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British Dictionary definitions for typify

typify

/ (ˈtɪpɪˌfaɪ) /

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

typify

v.

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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