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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.
Origin of epitomize
1590-1600; epitom(e) + -ize
Related forms
epitomization, noun
epitomizer, noun
unepitomized, adjective Unabridged
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  • In their pre-modernist world, pneumatics epitomized the promise of science.
  • He epitomized the highest principles of integrity, ethical and moral standards.
  • Wright epitomized the tantalizing possibilities of amateur archaeology.
  • While it may come as a surprise to some, this is epitomized in the ways that teens are currently using their cellphones.
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  • These staff epitomized the professionalism and commitment to public safety that is the foundation of our mission.
  • He epitomized the spirit of a state that an eager world watches to see what will come next.
  • One is epitomized by the surging chaos that fascinated generations of backpackers and travel writers.
British Dictionary definitions for epitomized


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 epitomized



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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