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”

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The digital site will also feature editorials and profiles on fashion experts and influencers who epitomize the Moxie Made lifestyle. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachael Ray Launches Fashion E-Commerce Site Featuring Female-Founded Brands," 22 Mar. 2019 Combining a sturdy favorite with a resilient outsider, the 2018 FIFA World Cup final epitomizes the tournament’s prevailing narrative. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 Darville epitomized the kind of cheekily regressive sub-strain of ’70s machismo that Reynolds would embody for most of his life. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "6 performances that explain Burt Reynolds," 6 Sep. 2018 President François Mitterrand epitomized this, fulfilling his official duties with his wife while privately living with a secret second family that was only revealed at his funeral. Dana Thomas, Town & Country, "Who Will Be Melania Trump's Role Model as First Lady?," 22 Nov. 2016 Made from the milk of animals who graze on lush pasture during spring, summer and fall, Alpine and Alpine-style cheeses epitomize the spirit of sun-to-table. Tia Keenan, WSJ, "Winter Is a Perfect Time to Eat These Cheeses," 27 Feb. 2019 In other words, the film epitomizes a popular claim that Silicon Valley is censoring American conservatives on web platforms. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s problems in Europe are piling up," 21 Sep. 2018 In fact, it could be said that Virgo energy truly epitomizes back-to-school shopping. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's August 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 July 2018 For me, that early-90s PBS series of short features by independent filmmakers epitomizes a golden age of indie filmmaking in this country. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film An interview with Jon Moritsugu, director of Mod Fuck Explosion," 10 May 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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