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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In Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, a debate over the fate of an old mall epitomizes Silicon Valley’s class divide. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Is the podcast bubble bursting?," 24 Sep. 2018 A year ago, Macy’s epitomized the nation’s troubled department-store chains. James F. Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Some analysts skeptical that Macy’s can keep its rebound alive," 13 Aug. 2018 With LGBTQ Pride Month beginning June 1 — a month chosen to honor the history of activism epitomized by the Stonewall Riots of June 1969 — celebrants around the world will be getting ready for parades and other tributes. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How the Nazi Regime's Pink Triangle Symbol Was Repurposed for LGBTQ Pride," 31 May 2018 The companies that were scattering these scooters everywhere, like Bird and Lime, seemed to epitomize tech-bro arrogance. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Bird’s electric scooters are getting more rugged to handle heavy use," 24 Sep. 2018 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

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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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