typify

To typify is to represent what is typical of something or someone. You might say that screaming and door slamming typify your spoiled cousin if that kind of behavior is exactly the kind of thing she usually does.

Something that's characteristic of a group of people typifies them. You might observe, for example, that studying late on a Friday night typifies your college friends who are math majors. You could also say that sunny days and cool nights typify autumn in New England, since that's the typical weather for that particular place and time. The root word is Greek — typos, which means "dent, impression, mark, figure, or original form."

Definitions of typify
  1. verb
    embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of
    “The fugue typifies Bach's style of composition”
    synonyms: epitomise, epitomize
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    represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize
    express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
  2. verb
    express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
    synonyms: represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize
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    be, embody, personify
    represent, as of a character on stage
    epitomise, epitomize
    embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of
    body, personify
    invest with or as with a body; give body to
    exemplify, represent
    be characteristic of
    type of:
    intend, mean
    mean or intend to express or convey
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