Definition of epitomize in US English:


(British epitomise)


[with object]
  • 1Be a perfect example of.

    ‘Hearst's newspapers epitomized bare-knuckle yellow journalism’
    • ‘There is something about them that seems to epitomise local journalism.’
    • ‘They remained professional and epitomized the essential personal skills that attorneys also need to possess.’
    • ‘She epitomizes what it means to live by faith through the power of grace.’
    • ‘She cites one example which, she says, epitomises the spirit of the club's members.’
    • ‘His personality and his success epitomized the postwar Italian political system, marked by compromise, pragmatism, and an inability to overcome corruption.’
    • ‘His diplomatic career epitomizes the ideals of patriotism and selfless service.’
    • ‘Darting about with his long hair flopping, Nash epitomizes a free spirit running wild.’
    • ‘But really I think no one would epitomize that true explorer type of individual more than Susan.’
    • ‘His elegant, idealized compositions and use of Antique sources epitomize Renaissance manuscript illustration and were an essential element of the finest Florentine production in the decades around 1500.’
    • ‘But wine, if precious, isn't false: an excellent vintage epitomises the hard-won perfection he hasn't found in work or love.’
    • ‘These decorative pieces of jewelry epitomized his aesthetic mission to create beautiful works of art in the image of the natural world.’
    • ‘For almost half a century, Barth has continued to break new ground, and his work epitomizes the stylistic hallmarks of postmodernism.’
    • ‘Sleep is the new 21st century status symbol, epitomised by the ‘power nap’.’
    • ‘She was involved with the Apostolic Workers, which epitomises the type of person Gretta was, always giving her time to charitable causes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have to work together and the Building in Safety campaign epitomises this approach.’
    • ‘The weasel-worded letters to school managers promising new buildings and big refurbishment works epitomised the whole thing.’
    • ‘I follow, in receiving this award, people whose lives epitomize the constant pressing for change that started long before I came along and is going on in ways big and small across the journalistic landscape.’
    • ‘For the Tang people family epitomized the inside world as opposed to the outside sphere of Chinese political and cultural dominance.’
    embody, give form to, give shape to, incorporate
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  • 2archaic Give a summary of (a written work).

    • ‘A number summarize whole books with replies to subsequent criticism or epitomize decades of work of an author in two-dozen pages.’
    summarize, abstract, synopsize, precis, make a outline of, make a résumé of, digest, encapsulate, recapitulate, sum up, put in a nutshell
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