epit·​o·​mize | \ i-ˈpi-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce epitomize (audio) \
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”
Recent Examples on the Web Supporters of the pro-democracy protests say the episode epitomizes all that is wrong with a Hong Kong government that has prioritized brute force over genuine political dialogue. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protests Led a Student to Activism, Then to the Point of a Gun," 1 Oct. 2019 Pederson was a fitting record obliterator, a boom-or-bust slugger who has come to epitomize the era baseball has drifted into. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers break National League record for home runs in season in win over Rockies," 4 Sep. 2019 The five-hour hearing came to epitomize the heated debate around the bill. NBC News, "Vaccine-exemption restrictions backed by California Assembly committee at raucous hearing," 22 June 2019 At 8:00 pm, a row of French doors opened onto the terrace room, a lengthy corridor with baroque gold trim and teardrop chandeliers epitomizing 1920s flair. Vogue, "With Valentino, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hosted Its Yearly Fall Party at the Plaza Hotel," 6 Nov. 2019 As the light of Seventh Street began to dim over the years, Esther’s transitioned again, this time from a venue epitomizing West Oakland’s golden era of jazz into a simple neighborhood dive bar. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "A bygone jazz club is the forgotten story of Oakland’s ‘Harlem of the West’ era," 31 Oct. 2019 Holtz was running face-first into defenders at full speed Sunday, epitomizing the approach the Bears captured in that formation. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ loss to the Chargers, including red-zone ineptitude, Mitch Trubisky’s failed response and the I-formation," 30 Oct. 2019 Mournful songs pierce one’s heartstrings, heightening the poetic spirituality these accounts of honorable warriors epitomize for Iranians. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Persian mythology comes alive in ambitiously animated ‘The Last Fiction’," 17 Oct. 2019 Matthew Shepard’s murder was a galvanizing event for LGBT Americans, epitomizing the pain and discrimination that many had experienced personally. Time, "Parents of Murdered Gay Student Matthew Shepard Criticize Attorney General Barr Over LGBT Rights," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of epitomize

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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3 Dec 2019

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“Epitomize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epitomize. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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