epitomize

verb
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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The political polarization that came to epitomize Bork’s nomination remains just as visceral, if not more so, as Kavanaugh’s nomination is debated. Jane Coaston, Vox, "“Borking,” explained: why a failed Supreme Court nomination in 1987 matters," 26 Sep. 2018 That, says Vice Chair Rhonda Cheek, epitomizes what the board liked about Wilcox. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Quiet agitator at CMS prepares to rattle some cages in his second year," 12 July 2018 Her sartorial choices were fearless and bold, epitomizing the carefree black girl who refused to let her race and gender block her from living a life of freedom, joy, and the fullest expression. Janet Mock, Marie Claire, "Zendaya Isn't Taking Center Stage—She's Making Room," 6 Aug. 2018 Feiping epitomizes a certain breed of international Asian that is a hybrid of East and West. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 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

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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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epitomize

verb

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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