epit·o·mize | \i-ˈpi-tə-ˌmīz \
epitomized; epitomizing

Definition of epitomize 

transitive verb

1 : to serve as the typical or ideal example of

2 : to make or give an epitome of

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Examples of epitomize in a Sentence

This student's struggles epitomize the trouble with our schools. his personal code of behavior on the playing field is epitomized by his favorite saying, “Nice guys finish last”

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Bottle to try: 2014 Obsidian Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) is a dark and brooding red, with plenty of tannin and a striking minerality, epitomizing the firm character of wines from the Red Hills appellation. Bloomberg.com, "Volcanic Wines Are Heating Up Around the Globe," 30 Mar. 2018 This is currently epitomized by contemporary hip-hop’s place as the dominant music of the youth. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Kendrick Lamar, Black Language and What White Fans Don't Get About the 'N-Word'," 24 May 2018 The quest for growth is epitomized by the stock gains in Amazon.com , AMZN 4.03% Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Facebook . Justin Lahart, WSJ, "The Bull Market’s Growth Problem," 27 July 2017 The Cosby trial was a case study in the challenges black women face in their activism The Cosby trial in many ways epitomized the unique challenges black women encounter in anti-rape activism. Treva B. Lindsey, Vox, "Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict was made possible by decades of activism by black women," 26 Apr. 2018 Few countries today epitomize this new reality as clearly as the Philippines, the social-media capital of the world, with a norm-breaking president whose campaign supporters harnessed this shifting online landscape to win the election. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "In the Philippines, divided politics feed – and feed on – a divided web," 9 Apr. 2018 The Look: Bacall's deep part and polished waves epitomize Old Hollywood glamour. Vogue, "The Best Wedding Hair Styles of All Time, From Brigitte Bardot to Diana Ross," 6 Feb. 2018 That shooting percentage was in part a function of simple, smart plays, and no one more epitomized that than rookie point guard Devonte Graham. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why 'simple' equals special in the new Charlotte Hornets lexicon," 8 July 2018 That iciness epitomized the session that was created simply because the fighters couldn’t stand to be in the same room with each other. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin's cold war is real," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of epitomize

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of epitomize was in 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of epitomize

: to be a perfect example or representation of (something) : to be the epitome of (something)

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evasion of direct action or statement

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