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[tip-uh-fahy] /ˈtɪp əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), typified, typifying.
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.
Origin of typify
1625-35; < Latin typ(us) type + -ify
Related forms
typification, noun
typifier, noun Unabridged
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  • Fate had jerked her roughly out of the orderly progress, which had been typified by Walter's great leather chair.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • It was the rush and roar of rain that he typified, and it stopped him, for no voice could be heard in it.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The third class, typified by Mr. Heinzman, had a long string of "goose-eggs" to their discredit.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • And so God, by this sprinkling, has typified the spiritual sprinkling.

  • Pliny and others pretend that it typified the dead, from its never shooting out fresh sprouts when the trunk was hewn down.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
  • He typified the spirit of joy to me—there was never a moment when he had not some vivid plan for me.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • The eccentric man might be typified by the Australian fauna, refuting half our judicious assumptions of what nature allows.

  • Americanism as typified by Claude Leslie is a new revelation.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Daria.I do n't know: Something 't was that typified My presumption and my pride.

British Dictionary definitions for typified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to be typical of; characterize
to symbolize or represent completely, by or as if by a type
Derived Forms
typification, noun
typifier, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin typustype + -ify
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Word Origin and History for typified



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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