personify

verb
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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Seniors Ali Horn, Isabelle Rocco, Kelsey Ryan and Savanna Swanson personified that for the Naperville North girls water polo team during Saturday’s 11-9 win over Loyola in the third-place game at Stevenson. Paul Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Four seniors see bright future after leading Naperville North to third place in state in girls water polo," 22 May 2018 The player who personified it was the same player who would emerge as James’s unlikely foil. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "How LeBron James Became Stephen Curry," 20 Dec. 2018 The 86-year-old man known nationwide as Sheriff Joe, who personifies the tough immigration policies that define the modern-day Republican Party, may never serve in public office again after his loss Tuesday. Steve Peoples, The Seattle Times, "Primary takeaways: Establishment fails and diversity grows," 28 Aug. 2018 Written in plain-spoken prose, the slim volume focuses on a character who in many ways personifies a demographic panic in Japan. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "For Japanese Novelist Sayaka Murata, Odd Is the New Normal," 11 June 2018 District voters have demonstrated a willingness to reject incumbent mayors, the first being Walter Washington, who lost his 1978 reelection bid to Barry, then a civil rights activist who personified the city’s defiant rebirth under Home Rule. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "With mounting scandals in D.C., where are the challengers to the mayor?," 4 Mar. 2018 Roy Haslton Frowick, the American designer known simply as Halston, was glamour personified. Vogue, "Watch an Exclusive Clip of Halston Before Its Sundance Premiere—And Read What the Director and Producer Say About Its Making," 23 Jan. 2019 Dan Sullivan, a Republican senator from Alaska, personifies these broader forces reshaping the U.S. approach to the world. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Global Trade System. He Split It in Two.," 26 Dec. 2018 Because there’s something inherent to the human mind that desperately wants to personify everything. Steven Brykman, Ars Technica, "Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets," 22 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of personify

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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personify

verb

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

personify

verb
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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