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Definition of "typify" [typ•i•fy]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "typify" in a sentence
  • "Abbott's calls typify "his tendency to go too far," Gillard said Jan. 28 at a news conference in Melbourne."
  • "Within a short time, a feeling of being adrift also seems to typify most abused people."
  • "Public sector workers -- teachers and also nurses, firefighters, paramedics, psychological counselors, surveyors, assessors, just for starters -- typify the skilled workforce that the post-war public university helped to make solidly middle class."