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typify (third-person singular simple present typifies, present participle typifying, simple past and past participle typified)

  1. (transitive) To embody, exemplify; to represent by a form, image, model, or resemblance.
    His attitude typifies the attitude of young people today.
  2. (transitive) To portray stereotypically.
    The angry captain typified all new sailors as incompetent.
  3. (transitive, sciences) To serve as a typical or reference specimen of.
    The chosen specimen typifies plants belonging to that species.

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