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

Other Words from typify

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The researchers tried two on some commercial-scale production equipment, starting with low-quality materials that typify the waste streams of other chemical reactions. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 Few couples typify this dynamic as acutely as the fictive Mia and Marcus of Love Life season 2, played by Williams and the charmingly neurotic William Jackson Harper. Shamira Ibrahim, Essence, 6 Apr. 2022 Négresse and three other female figures—meant to typify the American, Asian and European continents—would decorate the fountain in a celebration of French imperialism, as Walters tells Kaitlyn Greenidge of Harper’s Bazaar. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 In many subsequent movies, at M-G-M and elsewhere, his character was named Elmer (and once even Elmer Gantry), to typify him as a backwoods yokel. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 Embellishments, exaggerations, and outright lies typify the worst of Silicon Valley’s hustle culture. Declan Harty, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2021 And the best of them, of course, both typify and transcend those eras. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Sep. 2021 Other traits that would come to typify Duncan as an NBA star were evident from his early days in St. Croix. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 2021 The inspiration behind the interiors comes from founder and CEO, Jonathan Perlman’s desire to create spaces that typify the ambiance of private homes in Houston’s most gracious neighborhoods. Chron, 6 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of typify

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Typify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typify. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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