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epitomize

Line breaks: epit¦om|ize
Pronunciation: /ɪˈpɪtəmʌɪz
 
, ɛ-/
(also epitomise)

Definition of epitomize in English:

verb

[with object]
1Be a perfect example of: the company epitomized the problems faced by British industry
More example sentences
  • These two last examples epitomize the murkiness besetting a serious examination of the occupation of early modem peoples and the identities they derived from their work.
  • They lost 18 wickets in a day that epitomised their fragility perfectly.
  • There is something about them that seems to epitomise local journalism.
Synonyms
embody, give form/shape to, incorporate;
typify, exemplify, represent, be representative of, encapsulate, manifest, symbolize, stand for, illustrate, sum up;
formal reify
rare incarnate
2 archaic Give a summary of (a written work): for the benefit of our readers, we will epitomize the pamphlet
More example sentences
  • A number summarize whole books with replies to subsequent criticism or epitomize decades of work of an author in two-dozen pages.

Derivatives

epitomization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Why the play doesn't quite take off, with all these echoes and epitomisations, and with sharp characterisation and acting, is mysterious.

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