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 typify (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 Struthoff noted most longhorn breeders now breed the cattle for conformation, color and other longhorn characteristics that typify the most perfect specimen, sort of like dog shows for cattle. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "All you need to know about legendary longhorns, true Texas icons," 18 Feb. 2021 Chelsea then won an 89th minute spot kick after Mason Mount was brought down but to typify a sorry day for the Blues, Jorginho's weak penalty was saved by Bernd Leno. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Manchester United denied record-equaling Premier League away win by late Foxes equalizer," 26 Dec. 2020 Not so long ago, the Warriors built an NBA dynasty on the strength of three homegrown players who came to typify the essence of innovation, teamwork and winning. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Word to the Warriors: Don’t sacrifice Klay to get Giannis," 15 Sep. 2020 Chris Whitcraft was an early adopter of many trends that now typify the Santa Barbara wine scene, from honing in on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to showcasing single vineyards to urban winemaking. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, "Whitcraft Winery injects magic into urban winemaking," 23 June 2020 The dispute typifies what has been a steady increase in bitter rhetoric between Beijing and Washington as bilateral relations appear to be unraveling and as Trump seeks to deflect criticism of his handling of the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "U.N. nearly triples its coronavirus fundraising goal to $6.7 billion," 7 May 2020 Their typified by their affinity for ultra-durable guns that can withstand anything a hard-core outdoorsman can dish out. John Taylor, Outdoor Life, "7 Best Pump Shotguns for Less Than $500 (& One High End Model)," 25 Oct. 2019 Wigfall, one of the many strange and colorful characters tossed up by the politics of the Civil War, typifies the time in important respects. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "Abraham Lincoln’s Radical Moderation," 12 Mar. 2020 That one inning typified the Nationals’ complete dominance in the series … and also the Cardinals’ relative ineptitude. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Nationals sweep Cardinals in NLCS, reach first World Series in franchise history," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of typify

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Feb 2021

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“Typify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typify. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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