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[ih-pit-uh-mahyz] /ɪˈpɪt əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), epitomized, epitomizing.
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.
Also, especially British, epitomise.
1590-1600; epitom(e) + -ize
Related forms
epitomization, noun
epitomizer, noun
unepitomized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Opening day is supposed to epitomize a lot of things.
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  • Rare is the culture that doesn't have a stew whose flavors epitomize its soul.
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  • Every war has them: a few searing images caught on film that come to epitomize the conflict.
  • Although they are secondary characters, they epitomize the proud and the poor.
British Dictionary definitions for epitomize


verb (transitive)
to be a personification of; typify
to make an epitome of
Derived Forms
epitomist, noun
epitomization, epitomisation, noun
epitomizer, epitomiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for epitomize

1590s, "shorten, condense," from epitome + -ize. Meaning "typify, embody" is from 1620s. Related: Epitomized; epitomizing; epitomizes.

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