typ·​i·​fy | \ ˈti-pə-ˌfī How to pronounce typify (audio) \
typified; typifying

Definition of typify

transitive verb

1 : to represent in typical fashion : to constitute a typical mark or instance of realism … that typified his earlier workCurrent Biography
2 : to embody the essential or salient characteristics of : be the type of

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typification \ ˌti-​pə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce typification (audio) \ noun

Examples of typify in a Sentence

His heroic actions typified the courage of all the firefighters at the scene. The decor typifies the elegance of royal residences. He typifies what a professional athlete should be. Gothic architecture is typified by soaring rooflines and stained glass.
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Recent Examples on the Web The move to exploit a civil conflict in Syria to gain a geopolitical advantage typify how strategists see a new era of great power competition playing out. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The US is rethinking the 50-plus nuclear weapons it keeps in Turkey," 13 Oct. 2019 Endemic corruption is another major concern, as is insecurity typified by conflict with Islamist militants in the northeast, perennial violence in the oil-rich Niger delta and escalating tensions over grazing rights. Washington Post, "Oil Fell, Unemployment Soared and Now Nigeria Votes: QuickTake," 31 Jan. 2019 Molson Hart, who sells toys online through his company Viahart, typifies the challenge. Fortune, "Amazon Penalizes Marketplace Sellers That Offer Better Prices on Walmart.com," 5 Aug. 2019 His unapologetic scorn for multilateralism, the United Nations and international accords, and his obsession with rogue states, typified a muscular and pugnacious strand of conservative foreign-policy thinking. The Economist, "Donald Trump fires John Bolton, his third national security adviser," 10 Sep. 2019 No sequence typified Hendricks’ home/road splits better than his first two starts in August. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks says an aggressive game plan is the key to reversing his struggles on the road," 9 Sep. 2019 That in itself takes a courage and intelligence that typified Marina. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Remembering Marina Schiano: Model, Muse, and Magnate," 10 Sep. 2019 His creepy persona reflects the winking mendacity and distracting stunts that typify his real-life rule. The Economist, "A bold new play about Alexander Litvinenko’s murder," 5 Sep. 2019 The latter job required cultivating the Democratic-majority legislatures that typify East Coast states. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Hadassah banks on bipartisanship in attracting new members," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of typify

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Typify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typifies. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of typify

: 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)


typ·​i·​fy | \ ˈti-pə-ˌfī How to pronounce typify (audio) \
typified; typifying

Kids Definition of typify

1 : represent sense 2 The cathedral typifies architecture of this period.
2 : to have the usual characteristics of : be a typical part of The heavy beat typifies the band's music.

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