Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make an epitome of; sum up.
  • transitive verb To be a typical example of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Now this may appear to be picking on Jeph Loeb, the writer of both books, but these titles epitomize the top ten, either being part of an event, written by a superstar and illustrated by a well-known artist, and both are books published by Marvel Comics, which is also a common theme amongst the majority of books.

    comicbookbin.com

  • But doesn't that phrase epitomize McCain's belligerent nationalism?

    "E pur si muove!"

  • And they kind of epitomize our worst habits and impulses, complete superficiality combined with total self-indulgence.

    CNN Transcript Dec 20, 2007

  • Minus 2 points for misspelling "epitomize" but otherwise, yes, you're spot on.

    No flies on you, Economist

  • You kind of epitomize if I keep posting it someone will believe.

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • You kind of epitomize if I keep posting it someone will believe.

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • You kind of epitomize if I keep posting it someone will believe.

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • You kind of epitomize if I keep posting it someone will believe.

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • Rolling through Ms. Rowling's highlighted passages, then, the parts of her last book she has said "epitomize" or are "the most important" for understanding her work, they all can be understood in terms of the Penn epigraph and the peculiar Logos cosmology, epistemology, and soteriology specific to Penn's Christian sect, the Society of Friends.

    HogwartsProfessor.com

  • Rolling through Ms. Rowling's highlighted passages, then, the parts of her last book she has said "epitomize" or are "the most important" for understanding her work, they all can be understood in terms of the Penn epigraph and the peculiar Logos cosmology, epistemology, and soteriology specific to Penn's Christian sect, the Society of Friends.

    HogwartsProfessor.com

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.