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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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  • Mud pie typified the decade with its rich decadence.
  • Global cooling and ice ages will be more generally typified by clear skies and less precipitation.
  • So it ever is, whether thus typified or no, that an evil deed invests itself with the character of doom.
  • Absent were the barbs that have typified many of these events.
  • In them the traditional patriot is the more clearly typified because he is slightly caricatured.
  • The humility that typified the past was supplanted by conspicuous consumption.
  • But it is not simply high growth rates that have typified the region.
  • The colonial legacy of land inequality that these typified was preserved.
  • Its capitalism is opaque, typified by cronyism, government interference and shareholder pacts.
  • The headline fight typified the evening, with energetic performances and momentum swings in several bouts.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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