typ·​i·​fy ˈti-pə-ˌfī How to pronounce typify (audio)
typified; typifying

transitive verb

: to represent in typical fashion : to constitute a typical mark or instance of
realism … that typified his earlier workCurrent Biography
: to embody the essential or salient characteristics of : be the type of
typification 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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Typify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typify. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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typ·​i·​fy ˈtip-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce typify (audio)
typified; typifying
: to have or include the special or main characteristics of

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