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 This weekend will epitomize that message as Utah (14-26, 5-16 Pac-12) is not a team that will impress anyone on paper. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 14 May 2021 Bernard Madoff, the notorious financier who pulled off history’s biggest swindle and came to epitomize Wall Street corruption, died while serving a 150-year prison sentence. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Both Jenkins and Whitehead epitomize the new media trade. Armond White, National Review, 12 May 2021 For an over-the-top, bucket-list splurge, head five miles south to Camp Sarika, a new offshoot of nearby resort Amangiri, which has come to epitomize desert luxury since opening in 2009. Erin Riley, Outside Online, 3 May 2021 And in more than one case, these shots seem to epitomize the heartbreaking pain, trauma or isolation at the heart of the story. Beth Marchant, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2021 So rather than being the antithesis of jointness, Army plans epitomize the goal of interservice cooperation. Time to target. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 The technology also addresses soft skills in a captivating yet cost-effective way and further experiences can be designed to epitomize the core values of an organization. Dr. Jeremy Nunn, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Twitter antics came to epitomize a broader shift in how China engages with the rest of the world. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Epitomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epitomize. Accessed 19 Jun. 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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