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

  • transitive v. To make an epitome of; sum up.
  • transitive v. To be a typical example of: behavior that epitomizes selfishness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make an epitome of.
  • v. To be an epitome of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make an epitome of; to shorten or abridge, as a writing or discourse; to reduce within a smaller space.
  • transitive v. To diminish, as by cutting off something; to curtail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make an epitome of; shorten or abridge, as a writing or a discourse; reduce to an abstract or a summary the principal matters of; contract into a narrow compass.
  • To diminish, as by cutting off something; curtail; abbreviate.
  • To describe briefly or in abstract.
  • Synonyms To reduce, condense, summarize.
  • To make an epitome or abstract.
  • Also spelled epitomise.

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

  • v. embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • Really, I'm using Oprah to epitomize the emotional development of the American psyche.

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  • Three developments in recent music epitomize the problems that the Church has to face when she is considering liturgical music.

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