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 Molson Hart, who sells toys online through his company Viahart, typifies the challenge. Fortune, "Amazon Penalizes Marketplace Sellers That Offer Better Prices on Walmart.com," 5 Aug. 2019 His unapologetic scorn for multilateralism, the United Nations and international accords, and his obsession with rogue states, typified a muscular and pugnacious strand of conservative foreign-policy thinking. The Economist, "Donald Trump fires John Bolton, his third national security adviser," 10 Sep. 2019 No sequence typified Hendricks’ home/road splits better than his first two starts in August. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks says an aggressive game plan is the key to reversing his struggles on the road," 9 Sep. 2019 That in itself takes a courage and intelligence that typified Marina. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Remembering Marina Schiano: Model, Muse, and Magnate," 10 Sep. 2019 His creepy persona reflects the winking mendacity and distracting stunts that typify his real-life rule. The Economist, "A bold new play about Alexander Litvinenko’s murder," 5 Sep. 2019 The latter job required cultivating the Democratic-majority legislatures that typify East Coast states. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Hadassah banks on bipartisanship in attracting new members," 28 Aug. 2019 But whereas Johnson specialized in imagery meant to shock and titillate—typified by his AT&T Building of 1977–1984 in New York, a cartoon Chippendale highboy—Pei favored iconography that aimed to soothe and impress. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "I.M. Pei: Establishment Modernism Lite," 24 May 2019 The ugly-fest between the Bears and Packers was typified in the fourth quarter when the Chicago Bears managed to find themselves in a 3rd-and-40 situation at Soldier Field in Chicago. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Third and 40? Twitter reacts to unusual down and distance that was a perfect microcosm of ugly Packers-Bears game," 5 Sep. 2019

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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 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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