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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Such form was typified by right-back Lucy Bronze, who drilled home a golden second-half effort to score her team's third. Ben Church, CNN, "England awaits either USWNT or France in semifinals after Lionesses beat Norway," 27 June 2019 But that person was, without exception, typified as a white working man of rural origins, which became the synecdoche for Americanness itself, a reductive oxymoron of universality. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "America’s Original Identity Politics," 7 Feb. 2019 Seasoned soccer fans and observers saw viewed it as quintessentially Ibrahimovic, and the kind of behavior that typifies his public persona. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic, larger than life MLS star, is coming to Cincinnati. You're welcome.," 21 June 2019 In a night that typified that of his team, Green finished with a triple-double (11 points, 13 assists and 19 rebounds) but also committed eight turnovers, including a pivotal one in the final minutes with the Warriors leading by 2. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Game 6 had drama, emotion, and thrills, and now the Raptors are NBA champs," 14 June 2019 Yellowstone National Park typifies the reasons why people decided to preserve, rather than pave, Mother Nature’s enduring treasures. Dan Westergren, National Geographic, "Yellowstone National Park," 12 Apr. 2019 In the middle of the obligatory let-me-reveal-something-deep-about-myself conversation that typifies early one-on-one dates, Jed starting talking about his music. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "Is Jed W. on 'The Bachelorette' Just for His Music Career?," 4 June 2019 Bishop has found a way to account for the differences in lifestyle and climate that typify vacation, without letting them limit her imagination. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Designer Dreams Up Exciting Island Getaways That Function Like Home," 17 May 2019 California, both a bellwether of aggressive environmental policy and a pioneer of suburban sprawl, typifies the problem. Jeffrey Ball, WSJ, "Why Californians Were Drawn Toward the Fire Zones," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of typify

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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