Epitomize
Epitomize E*pit"o*mize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Epitomized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Epitomizing}.] 1. To make an epitome of; to shorten or abridge, as a writing or discourse; to reduce within a smaller space; as, to epitomize the works of Justin. [1913 Webster]

2. To diminish, as by cutting off something; to curtail; as, to epitomize words. [Obs.] --Addison. [1913 Webster]


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  • epitomize — (also epitomise) ► VERB 1) be a perfect example of. 2) archaic summarize (a written work) …   English terms dictionary

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  • epitomize — epitomization, n. epitomizer, n. /i pit euh muyz /, v.t., epitomized, epitomizing. 1. to contain or represent in small compass; serve as a typical example of; typify: This meadow epitomizes the beauty of the whole area. 2. to make an epitome of:… …   Universalium

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  • epitomize — transitive verb ( mized; mizing) Date: 1594 1. to make or give an epitome of 2. to serve as the typical or ideal example of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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