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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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Examples from the web for typify
  • The stereotype that might typify some individuals within a group doesn't apply to all.
  • Lilly's double-page spreads typify the sort of thing the medical profession fears.
  • They do not typify the profession, nor illustrate its ideals.
  • Mice engineered to express the cystic fibrosis gene, for example, do not develop the lung problems that typify this disorder.
  • Both of these sticky-sweet creations typify a new idea in marketing.
  • These models typify the more common types of compressed work schedules.
  • Many of today's business leaders typify the traditional workforce, while the vast majority of tomorrow's leaders do not.
  • Writing skills are also described, along with applications of those skills that typify the college student's experience.
British Dictionary definitions for typify


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 typify

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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