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Definition of typify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    typify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪ//
     
    (not usually used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they typify
    BrE BrE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it typifies
    BrE BrE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple typified
    BrE BrE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle typified
    BrE BrE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form typifying
    BrE BrE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪpɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1typify something to be a typical example of something clothes that typify the 1960s the new style of politician, typified by the Prime Minister
  2. 2typify something to be a typical feature of something the haunting guitar melodies that typify the band’s music
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin typus (from Greek tupos ‘impression, figure, type’, from tuptein ‘to strike’) + -fy.Extra examples The haunting guitar melodies typify the band’s music. There’s a new style of politician, typified by the Prime Minister. These are clothes that typify the 1960s.
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