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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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Examples from the web for epitomizes
  • For others, the wolf epitomizes the evil, vicious wild beast that should be exterminated.
  • The race epitomizes choosing between the lesser of two evils.
  • Nothing epitomizes this idea more than this video of kids in their hand-crafted boats with their hand-crafted paddles.
  • The article epitomizes the absurdities that seem to be becoming part of scientific exploration.
  • The rapper epitomizes the eternally unruffled hustler who doesn't have to sweat to get what he wants, whenever he wants.
  • It's an image that epitomizes summertime: freshly laundered sheets pinned on a clothesline, billowing languidly in a warm breeze.
  • The iPod epitomizes this design language: rectangle with rounded corners on top, big circle below.
  • Each period is made more memorable and easy to grasp if it can be labeled by a word that epitomizes its spirit.
  • It epitomizes the spirit of a movie that adheres to an esthetic of intelligent nonsense.
  • Blackboard, which continues the theme of elementary education found in many of his oils, epitomizes this development.
British Dictionary definitions for epitomizes


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 epitomizes



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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