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”

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Each player epitomizes the talent, work ethic and maturity of the new-look Gators. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "New-look Gators’ basketball team works to meet high expectations," 2 Sep. 2019 Even Israelis in agreement with Trump’s repeated claims that Tlaib and Omar’s positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict epitomize the Democratic Party expressed deep qualms about the long-term implications of Israel’s move. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "Many Israelis are worried about the state of the U.S. alliance," 21 Aug. 2019 The figure of the righteous protestant astronaut was epitomized in John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth as part of NASA’s Mercury program, who frequently invoked his religious commitments at press conferences. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Spaceflight and Spirituality, a Complicated Relationship," 16 July 2019 Hubert, a former pro rider, mentioned Durand and Marie, two riders who epitomized the idea of panache. Samuel Petrequin, SFChronicle.com, "Technology beating romanticism at Tour de France," 16 July 2019 Official betrayal was epitomized in Britain by the Victory Parade of July 19, 1919. The New York Review of Books, "Maya Jaggi," 14 Nov. 2018 With the beach only steps away, and nine months of perfect East Bay weather, Sand Beach truly epitomizes beach living at its best. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Beach cottage in Alameda," 9 Sep. 2019 Mugabe epitomized the difficulties of trying to revive the democratic dream after long-running despots and populists are ousted. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Robert Mugabe and the Fate of Democracy in Africa," 9 Sep. 2019 Hitting the red carpet to interview fellow guests, Crawford's look epitomized the '90s. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kaia Gerber Channels Mom Cindy Crawford's Bondage-Inspired Versace Look from the '90s," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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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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