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 The project seems to epitomize the dizzying, paralyzing head rush of early courtship. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "My Thirty Favorite Albums of 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 Few hospices better epitomize the most serious problems that afflict the industry — or underscore the failure of regulators to address them — than Ace of Hearts. Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, "End-of-life care has boomed in California. So has fraud targeting older Americans," 9 Dec. 2020 These songs epitomize the hard lessons learned in living by any means necessary. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "My Thirty Favorite Albums of 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 But with help from the Screwed Up Click and Screw's family members, Washington was able to epitomize Davis Jr.'s persona, and even received props from DJ Screw’s family members. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Opinion: The DJ Screw biopic should've been twice as long," 3 Dec. 2020 Iwuala and Wagner epitomize basketball’s evolution. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "Reagan duo of Christeen Iwuala and Samantha Wagner stands tall," 31 Oct. 2020 For many, Burmese pythons epitomize all the qualities—slithering, voracious, secretive, dangerous—humans despise in animals. Marion Renault, The New Republic, "The Paradox of the Burmese Python," 6 Oct. 2020 Jane Walker, Maggie Fu, and Sophia Mathur epitomize the trend. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Sudbury model: How one of the world’s major polluters went green," 24 Sep. 2020 The actors epitomize the success in recent years of more diverse performers. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Lin-Manuel Miranda, Billy Porter & More Appear in Powerful PSA That Will Air During The Emmys: Watch," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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28 Dec 2020

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“Epitomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epitomize. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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