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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.
Origin of epitomize
1590-1600; epitom(e) + -ize
Related forms
epitomization, noun
epitomizer, noun
unepitomized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Before adverting to the most serious fact it is as well to epitomize the political action which has created it.

  • They epitomize all the thought, passion, and poetry of a nation and of a period.

  • Perhaps the tendency of modern journalism is to epitomize too much.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • They epitomize the moral and intellectual life of the artist.

  • "You epitomize it beautifully," said Mr. Caryll, with a reversion to his habitual manner.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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