transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Date: 1622 1. to represent in typical fashion ; to constitute a typical mark or instance of <
realism…that typified his earlier work — Current Biography
2. to embody the essential or salient characteristics of ; be the type of • typification noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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