per·​son·​i·​fy | \ pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce personify (audio) \
personified; personifying

Definition of personify

transitive verb

1 : to conceive of or represent as a person or as having human qualities or powers
2 : to be the embodiment or personification of : incarnate a teacher who personified patience

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Other Words from personify

personifier \ pər-​ˈsä-​nə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce personifier (audio) \ noun

Examples of personify in a Sentence

The ancient Greeks personified the forces of nature as gods and goddesses. Justice is personified as a woman with her eyes covered.

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Joe's fit also includes a sentimental streak, personified by his simple gold chain gifted to him by his grandmother. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Three Influencers Dress for New York Fashion Week," 13 Sep. 2019 For those of us lucky enough to have known him, Adam radiated a contagious exuberance for life and also personified the very definition of a true friend. Eric Todisco,, "Mandy Moore Remembers Ex Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein on 10th Anniversary of His Death: 'Miss You Every Day'," 28 Aug. 2019 The findings, published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, add hard numbers to a pattern personified by victims like Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray. Los Angeles Times, "Getting killed by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in America," 16 Aug. 2019 Within the first few minutes of Lorene Scafaria’s crime-dramedy Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez makes her entrance as seduction personified, playing a veteran exotic dancer named Ramona. Joey Nolfi,, "Bad mother-Hustlers: How Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu fell head over (nine-inch) heels for each other," 12 Sep. 2019 Reynolds, whom the Phillies would send to mime school in order to enhance his skills, would personify the Phanatic for the next 16 seasons. Michael Mccann,, "Will Phillies Have to Ditch Phillie Phanatic Mascot?," 6 Aug. 2019 In a sport that sometimes feels sapped of genuity, Morton personifies it with every fiber of his being. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros demolish Rays, 15-1," 28 Aug. 2019 The dominant political force in this country is fueled by its dedication to patriarchy, its resentment of the young, and its intense fear of demographic change, personified by immigrants in general and refugees in particular. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Media Is Missing the Real Story of Trump’s Racism," 5 Aug. 2019 Upton has come to personify boring value the last three seasons, hitting a combined .258/.338/.490 with anywhere between 30 and 35 homers, 85 and 109 RBI, and eight and 14 steals. Michael Beller,, "Stock Ticker: Expect Edwin Encarnacion to Rise in the Heart of Yankees' Lineup," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of personify

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of personify

: to have a lot of (a particular quality) : to be the perfect example of a person who has (a quality)
: to think of or represent (a thing or idea) as a person or as having human qualities or powers


per·​son·​i·​fy | \ pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce personify (audio) \
personified; personifying

Kids Definition of personify

: to think of or represent as a person The hero is bravery personified.

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