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

“The fugue typifies Bach's style of composition”
Synonyms:
epitomise, epitomize
Type of:
represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize
express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

v express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

Synonyms:
represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize
Types:
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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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