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

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 Similarly, luxe leather, suede, and cashmere styles epitomize the winter season with polished panache. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 21 Dec. 2021 But while the film is presented as a biopic of a climber coming to terms with their identity, Sabourin’s work as a coach and their own struggles as a professional athlete epitomize a human experience that anyone could understand. Shanti Lerner, AZCentral.com, 14 Nov. 2021 In 10 years, Gray Malin has gone from selling his prints at an LA flea market to venturing to all seven continents to create vivid shots that epitomize travel and escapism. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2021 Arbuckle’s deadly pajama party came to epitomize the loosening morals that followed the First World War, and his downfall became a wedge in a culture war. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Both cars use engines that epitomize their brands: a small-block V-8 for the Chevy, a flat-six for the Porsche. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2021 Throughout the pandemic, their pseudo-arguments epitomize the anti-science battle being waged against public health. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The brand’s field shirt and trousers epitomize this inclusive thinking. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2021 For Lipskar, the cards epitomize his efforts, sometimes onerous, to keep sight of the positivity that came out of the Surfside collapse, in which 98 people were killed. Shira Hanau, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of epitomize

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Epitomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epitomize. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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