transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to be a type or emblem of; symbolize; prefigure
- to have or show the distinctive characteristics of; be typical of; exemplify
Origin of typifysee type and -fy
transitive verbtyp·i·fied, typ·i·fy·ing, typ·i·fies
- To serve as a typical example of; embody the essential characteristics of: a painting that typifies the artist's work.
- To represent by an image, a form, or a model; symbolize or prefigure.
(third-person singular simple present typifies, present participle typifying, simple past and past participle typified)
- To embody, exemplify; to represent by an image, form, model, or resemblance.
- His attitude typifies the attitude of young people today.
- To portray stereotypically.
- The angry captain typified all new sailors as incompetent.
- (sciences) To serve as a typical or reference specimen.
- The chosen specimen typifies plants belonging to that species.