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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To serve as a typical example of; embody the essential characteristics of: a painting that typifies the artist's work.
  • transitive v. To represent by an image, a form, or a model; symbolize or prefigure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To embody, exemplify; to represent by an image, form, model, or resemblance.
  • v. To portray stereotypically.
  • v. To serve as a typical or reference specimen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To represent by an image, form, model, or resemblance.
  • transitive v. To embody the essential or salient characteristics of; to be the type of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To represent by an image, form, model, or resemblance; show forth; prefigure.
  • To be or constitute a type of; embody the typical characteristics of; exemplify: as, the tiger typifies all the animals of the cat kind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
  • v. embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of

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