Definition of typify in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Be characteristic or a representative example of.

    ‘tough, low-lying vegetation typifies this arctic area’
    • ‘The book is full of anecdotes and examples which typify the techniques of speaking clearly and calmly, matching breathing in order to slow it down, and offering comforting and reassuring suggestions.’
    • ‘But the London man says that typifies his character.’
    • ‘We have described a number of approaches to graphical presentation of data in the context of classical factorial designs that typify published studies in experimental psychology.’
    • ‘These are some examples of how the modern sporting identity is typified by self-centered and undisciplined behavior.’
    • ‘In this, he typifies the characters on Dawson's Creek who never really live because their self-consciousness always interjects itself.’
    • ‘These characteristics typify what's expected in lower mainland steelhead carrying systems.’
    • ‘We consider the following seven characteristics as typifying the complex behavior of PTP.’
    • ‘This brushpot typifies the pictorial quality characteristic of so many later vessels, which were often worked as if the surface of the jade were a sheet of paper or a scroll to be unrolled.’
    • ‘She replies with a description which typifies the wonderful person of Christ.’
    • ‘This analysis helped to identify, clarify and describe skills that typify those needed to do this kind of work.’
    • ‘These examples typify the difficulties that psychologists may experience with peer review and commentary.’
    • ‘Several characters that typify a theropod: Hollow, thin-walled bones are diagnostic of theropod dinosaurs.’
    • ‘To give you the clearest possible idea of what any given house is worth, we have, in most cases, identified the neighbourhood that we have treated as typifying any given area.’
    • ‘Its musical characteristics typify an Alpine song.’
    • ‘These three characteristics typify the political Islamism that has been forceful for so long in several of our countries of origin.’
    • ‘He added: ‘It is a shame they have not played against club sides because these places typify the character of English rugby.’’
    • ‘The first example typifies Spuddy's attitude to the system.’
    • ‘And you could probably typify both experiences as examples of the collective unconscious or race memory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This art style is typified by geometric, angular or figurative designs.’
    • ‘Steep topography, sparse vegetation, and infrequent but intense thunderstorms typify many flash-flood hazard areas.’
    • ‘He shows respect for everyone that he meets, and this characteristic typifies his good relationship with colleagues at home and abroad.’
    epitomize, exemplify, be representative of, represent, be characteristic of, characterize
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    1. 1.1 Represent; symbolize.
      ‘the sun typified the Greeks, and the moon the Persians’
      • ‘The Chancellor typifies the classic EU political elite unable to understand ‘NO’ in any language.’
      • ‘What can you and the people you typify or represent do, in terms of leadership?’
      • ‘This symbolic geography, of course, typifies the upper division course in any discipline, where the field of study is the central topic.’
      • ‘We must not forget that the imitators were those who decided which characteristics typified realism.’
      • ‘On a more down-to-earth level it was also considered an irresponsible age, typified by the character of Pheidippides in Aristophanes' Clouds.’
      • ‘The resulting wine should deliver a style that typifies the village on the label.’
      • ‘Beresford paints him as very much the metaphor for the anti-authoritarian, brash and struggling character whom typifies the mythologized Australian figure.’
      • ‘Martyn as much as anyone typified the important difference in the mood and character of this team compared with the one on which Keegan had walked out 12 months earlier.’
      • ‘Finally, both hold up as worthy of imitation exemplars or prototypes of people regarded as typifying the virtue or identity in question.’
      • ‘Like his restaurants, he typifies understated style and a calm underlying assurance of deep professionalism.’
      • ‘In his novel, James created distinctive characters that typified the city's self-conscious pride.’
      • ‘Neds, or chavs, who prefer music by Eminem and are typified by the ghastly Little Britain character Vicky Pollard, right, are the other dominant group.’
      • ‘So the greatest examples will typify their time and take you back there.’
      • ‘Thus, the relationships that youths described may not typify the full range of close online relationships of youths in general.’
      • ‘Although they are not necessarily the same from year to year, the characters deliberately typify the diversity of a campus setting.’
      • ‘At the same time, a message of hope was given to those who had sinned - God himself provided them with coats of animal skin, typifying the righteousness of Christ freely given to all who trust in his sacrificial death.’
      • ‘It's got nothing that typifies the term: no stuffy corridors, no overblown explanations, no assumption of knowledge.’
      • ‘One is the classical current, as typified by Plato and Pythagoras before him.’
      • ‘It does not correspond to any documented location in historical Rome but seems instead to typify the visual character of the city at the height of its urban development.’
      • ‘The challenge to meet fleet requirements and do deliberate strength planning is best typified by example.’
      • ‘So, for example, if the user was interested in the class of sentences typified by the sentence.’
      • ‘Now, what is this mysterious quality of leadership, which, for the Christian, is typified by Christ?’
      • ‘You've actually got a slight majority opposing it and this really typifies why the public stands on these priorities, Kyra.’
      • ‘The half-space resistance of the ground electrode is typified by a pronounced non-linearity in the potential characteristics.’
      • ‘That is, the pre-Euclidean, Classical Greek geometers, typified by the Pythagoreans, and the School of Plato.’
      symbolize, be symbolic of, represent, stand for, be emblematic of
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Mid 17th century: from Latin typus (see type) + -fy.