Definition of typify in English:

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typify

Pronunciation: /ˈtɪpɪfʌɪ/

verb (typifies, typifying, typified)

[with object]
1Be characteristic or a representative example of: tough, low-lying vegetation typifies this arctic area
More example sentences
  • I also think that Packer is right: blogs are indeed ‘atomized, fragmentary, and of the instant’ and those are characteristics that typify successful media of our time.
  • The first example typifies Spuddy's attitude to the system.
  • We consider the following seven characteristics as typifying the complex behavior of PTP.
Synonyms
epitomize, exemplify, be representative of, represent, be characteristic of, characterize;
personify, embody, be the embodiment of, be the incarnation of
2Represent; symbolize: the sun typified the Greeks, and the moon the Persians
More example sentences
  • This symbolic geography, of course, typifies the upper division course in any discipline, where the field of study is the central topic.
  • What can you and the people you typify or represent do, in terms of leadership?
  • You've actually got a slight majority opposing it and this really typifies why the public stands on these priorities, Kyra.
Synonyms
symbolize, be symbolic of, represent, stand for, be emblematic of

Derivatives

typification

Pronunciation: /tɪpɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • It is unclear which countries are meant, or whether any concrete examples actually fit this typification.
  • In so doing he offers a well-documented example of the common phenomenon of people developing shared ad hoc typifications that they use to order the raw material for their work in a way that allows them to get on with the job.
  • Sociologist Joel Best describes a process of typification, whereby an often extreme example of crime is used to define a more general perceived problem.

typifier

noun
Example sentences
  • The police are described as typifiers of Skid Row deviants.
  • Hill is not merely deemed to be a bad writer here, but has become a typifier of bad writing.
  • How can you and other ‘supposed’ typifiers use such a horrible statement to describe a GAME of all things!

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin typus (see type) + -fy.

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