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[ih-pit-uh-mahyz] /ɪˈpɪt əˌmaɪz/

verb (used with object), epitomized, epitomizing.
to contain or represent in small compass; serve as a typical example of; typify:
This meadow epitomizes the beauty of the whole area.
to make an of:
to epitomize an argument.
verb (transitive)
to be a personification of; typify
to make an epitome of

1590s, “shorten, condense,” from epitome + -ize. Meaning “typify, embody” is from 1620s. Related: Epitomized; epitomizing; epitomizes.


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