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epitomize

Definition:

to embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of

Class:

stative verb (being, having, spatial relations, etc.)

Related to:

epitome

Past tense:

epitomized

Present participle:

epitomizing

3rd-person singular present:

epitomizes

Type of:

typify » mean » convey » impart

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

epitomise [British spelling] | typify

Etymology:

"shorten, condense", from "epitome" + "-ize". Meaning "typify, embody" is from ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

epitomize | epitomise | typify [synonym, sense-specific] | epitomist [noun, derived]

to be a personification of; typify | to make an epitome of (11 of 331 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epitomize

Merriam-Webster:

epitomize | epitomized [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle] | epitomise [British] | abstract [synonym, sense-specific] | boil down [synonym, sense-specific] | brief [synonym, sense-specific] | digest [synonym, sense-specific] | encapsulate [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make or give an epitome of | to serve as the typical or ideal example of (16 of 127 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/epitomize

Oxford Dictionary:

epitomize | epitomise | epitomization [derived]

be a perfect example of | [archaic] : give a summary of (a written work) (14 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/epitomize

Macmillan British Dictionary:

epitomize [transitive] | epitomized [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle] | epitomizes [3rd-person singular present]

to be the best possible example of a particular type of person or thing (14 of 49 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/epitomize

Random House Dictionary:

epitomize | epitomized [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle]

to contain or represent in small compass; serve as a typical example of; typify. | to make an epitome of. (19 of 44 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/epitomize

Wiktionary:

epitomize | epitomized [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle] | epitomizes [3rd-person singular present] | epitomised [past tense] | epitomising [present participle] | epitomises [3rd-person singular present] | epitomise [sense-specific] | sum up [synonym, sense-specific]

To make an epitome of. | To be an epitome of. (10 of 39 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/epitomize

Cambridge Dictionary:

epitomize | epitomise [British]

to be a perfect example of a quality or type of thing (12 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/epitomize

American Heritage Dictionary:

epitomize | epitomized [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle] | epitomizes [3rd-person singular present]

To make an epitome of; sum up. | To be a typical example of (13 of 24 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epitomize

New World Dictionary:

epitomize | epitomized [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle] | epitomizer [noun, related]

to make or be an epitome of (7 of 14 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epitomize

Wikipedia:

Typification | typism

a process of creating standard social construction based on standard assumptions. Discrimination based on typification is called typism. Ideal type ; Normal type ; Typology ; TYPIFICATION at Sociology Index (30 of 83 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Typification

Columbia Encyclopedia:

type | black letter | Gothic type | italic | roman

for printing, was invented in China (about 1040), using woodblocks. Related devices, such as seals and stamps for making impressions in clay, had been ... (24 of 501 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0849850​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

epitomize | epitomized [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle] | epitomizes [3rd-person singular present] | epitomist [noun, derived] | epitomization [noun, derived]

to be a highly representative example of a type, class, or characteristic | to write a brief summary of a piece of writing (formal) (23 of 71 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608896​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

epitomize

First use: 1590s

Origin: "shorten, condense", from "epitome" + "-ize". Meaning "typify, embody" is from 1620s.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=epitomize

epitomise

Origin: British English spelling of "epitomize". For spelling, see "-ize".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=epitomise

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

epitomize [transitive] | epitomized [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle] | epitomizes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "epitomize"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/epitomize

Macmillan American Dictionary:

epitomize [transitive] | epitomized [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle] | epitomizes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "epitomize"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/epitomize

Cambridge Dictionary:

epitomize

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "epitomize"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "epitomize"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/epitomize

the Free Dictionary:

epitomize

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "epitomize"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "epitomize"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "epitomize" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/epitomize

epitomise

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "epitomise"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "epitomise"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/epitomise

Google Dictionary:

epitomize | epitomized [past tense] | epitomised [past tense] | epitomizing [present participle] | epitomising [present participle] | epitomizes [3rd-person singular present] | epitomises [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "epitomize"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=epitomize

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

epitomize

Audio: North American pronunciation of "epitomize"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=epitom​04 word=epitomize

YourDictionary Audio:

epitomize

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "epitomize" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/epitomize

Collins Dictionary:

epitomise | epitomize

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "epitomise"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/epitomise

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