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 At 8:00 pm, a row of French doors opened onto the terrace room, a lengthy corridor with baroque gold trim and teardrop chandeliers epitomizing 1920s flair. Vogue, "With Valentino, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hosted Its Yearly Fall Party at the Plaza Hotel," 6 Nov. 2019 As the light of Seventh Street began to dim over the years, Esther’s transitioned again, this time from a venue epitomizing West Oakland’s golden era of jazz into a simple neighborhood dive bar. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "A bygone jazz club is the forgotten story of Oakland’s ‘Harlem of the West’ era," 31 Oct. 2019 Holtz was running face-first into defenders at full speed Sunday, epitomizing the approach the Bears captured in that formation. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ loss to the Chargers, including red-zone ineptitude, Mitch Trubisky’s failed response and the I-formation," 30 Oct. 2019 Mournful songs pierce one’s heartstrings, heightening the poetic spirituality these accounts of honorable warriors epitomize for Iranians. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Persian mythology comes alive in ambitiously animated ‘The Last Fiction’," 17 Oct. 2019 Matthew Shepard’s murder was a galvanizing event for LGBT Americans, epitomizing the pain and discrimination that many had experienced personally. Time, "Parents of Murdered Gay Student Matthew Shepard Criticize Attorney General Barr Over LGBT Rights," 16 Oct. 2019 This February game in Oklahoma City remains one of the craziest basketball experiences of my life—not just because of the 38-footer to win it at the buzzer, but because of all the delirium that game epitomized at the time. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The Biggest NBA Stories of the Decade," 19 Sep. 2019 This divisive object, in all its plush, polystyrene microbead wonder, epitomizes the existential suffering of economy air travel. Karen Heller, The Know, "We need the travel pillow. But we hate the travel pillow.," 15 Sep. 2019 No veteran better epitomized the Ravens’ smashmouth style last year than Yanda, whose contract extension has left open the possibility of a return in 2020. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens 2019 training camp preview: Offensive line," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of epitomize

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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19 Nov 2019

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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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