typify

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verb typ·i·fy \ˈti-pə-ˌfī\

Definition of typify

typified

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typifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to represent in typical fashion :  to constitute a typical mark or instance of realism … that typified his earlier work — Current Biog.

  3. 2 :  to embody the essential or salient characteristics of :  be the type of

typification

play \ˌti-pə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of typify in a sentence

  1. His heroic actions typified the courage of all the firefighters at the scene.

  2. The decor typifies the elegance of royal residences.

  3. He typifies what a professional athlete should be.

  4. Gothic architecture is typified by soaring rooflines and stained glass.

1622

First Known Use of typify

1622


TYPIFY Defined for English Language Learners

typify

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verb typ·i·fy \ˈti-pə-ˌfī\

Definition of typify for English Language Learners

  • : to represent what is normal for (something) : to be a good or typical example of (something)

  • : to have the usual characteristics of (something) : to be a typical part or feature of (something)


TYPIFY Defined for Kids

typify

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verb typ·i·fy \ˈti-pə-ˌfī\

Definition of typify for Students

typified

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typifying

  1. 1 :  represent 2 The cathedral typifies architecture of this period.

  2. 2 :  to have the usual characteristics of :  be a typical part of The heavy beat typifies the band's music.



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