typ·​i·​fy | \ˈti-pə-ˌfī \
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 \ 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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In many ways, the role Reynolds is most well-known for is also the one that typifies his career and his public persona. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "6 performances that explain Burt Reynolds," 6 Sep. 2018 That German football fans engage in fierce debate over who should be their third-choice goalkeeper typifies the present situation. Henry Young, CNN, "The secrets to Germany's World Cup success," 13 June 2018 But the hourlong affair was laden with insults and taunts, as both men paid loud and often simultaneous tribute to the acrimony that has typified the campaign leading up to their June 26 Republican primary. Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, "One’s a Felon? Eh. G.O.P. Debate Focuses on Who’s Most Like Trump.," 11 June 2018 The high-profile kidnapping in 1994 of Alfredo Harp Helú, a Mexican entrepreneur whose family paid $30 million for his release, typifies this trend. Rory Smith, Vox, "Hundreds of people in Mexico are kidnapped every year. And the problem’s getting worse.," 11 May 2018 Many states, common themes The standoff in West Virginia typified the strains in states grappling with rising benefit costs on budgets strained by tax cuts and the recession. Emmarie Huetteman, USA TODAY, "Unwieldy health costs often stand between teachers and higher pay," 13 June 2018 The Dutch researchers described these traits — gloominess combined with emotional inhibition — as typifying the distressed, or Type D, personality. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Are You a ‘Type D’ Athlete? Relax and Ask for Help," 23 May 2018 The Trans Mountain expansion project typifies all of these concerns. Richard Denniss, Fortune, "Justin Trudeau’s Pipeline Purchase Isn’t Just Hypocritical, It’s Bad Economics," 30 June 2018 That reaction typifies the double-edged sword that Pelosi has become for Democrats. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Nancy Pelosi is a huge doubled-edged sword for Democrats," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of typify

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of typify was in 1622

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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 \
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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