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 Written by lyricist Robert Hunter, who died in September, the song typifies the shuffling country rock era of the Dead that’s closest to what Hiss Golden Messenger sounds like as a live band. Washington Post, "Hiss Golden Messenger shares his anxieties and shows his gratitude," 16 Jan. 2020 In the past 10 years, Riot Games typified another theme of gaming’s 2010s: sexism. Matthew Gault, Time, "The 10 Best Video Games of the 2010s," 19 Dec. 2019 Designed in the 15th century by Filippo Brunelleschi, and considered by many the first Renaissance building, the hospital typifies the new (at the time) aesthetic of calm balance and symmetry. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Skip the crowds at Europe's biggest sites and enjoy these overlooked treasures instead," 19 Dec. 2019 Or what typifies Costco more than the $1.50 hot dog-soda combination? Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "From Swedish meatballs to smoothies: More businesses are making room for food options to enhance retail experience," 15 Dec. 2019 Nobody typifies that more than Egypt’s Mo Salah whose global stock has risen since joining Liverpool two years ago. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "African brands spend over $40 million a year to advertise in the world’s richest soccer league," 29 Nov. 2019 But his hustle on the defensive end, such as getting back into a play to deny Detroit a 2-on-1 fast break, typified how Indiana chipped away in the second half. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers miss several late chances to steal first win of season at Pistons," 29 Oct. 2019 The appearance of the ad typifies the pitfalls of digital businesses’ reliance on programmatic and algorithmic decision making. David Yanofsky, Quartz, "The NRA was able to run an anti-Michael Bloomberg ad on Bloomberg.com," 4 Dec. 2019 John Lundstram was on fabulous form, grabbing a brace from midfield and typifying everything that was impressive about Sheffield United's performance. SI.com, "Sheffield United 3-0 Burnley: Report, Ratings & Reaction as the Blades Turn on the Style," 2 Nov. 2019

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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 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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