WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
e•pit•o•mize  (i pitə mīz′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -mized, -miz•ing. 
  1. to contain or represent in small compass;
    serve as a typical example of;
    typify:This meadow epitomizes the beauty of the whole area.
  2. to make an epitome of:to epitomize an argument.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] e•pito•mise′.  e•pit′o•mi•zation, n. 
e•pito•miz′er, n. 
  • epitom(e) + -ize 1590–1600

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epitomize, epitomise /ɪˈpɪtəˌmaɪz/ vb (transitive)
  1. to be a personification of; typify
  2. to make an epitome of


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