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

Other Words from personify

personifier \ pər-​ˈsä-​nə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce personify (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The idyllic Dallas-Fort Worth area community has come to personify the current culture conflict within school systems by way of a hard-hitting podcast produced by NBC. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 2 Sep. 2022 Brands are exploring the creation of their virtual identities to help personify their values and beliefs into a virtual being that can show up live, in real time, on any channel. Val Vacante, Fortune, 22 Aug. 2022 No other producer’s compositions personify the elemental structure of Hip-Hop more than Premier’s. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 3 Aug. 2022 South Boston politician Louise Day Hicks came to personify the working-class white resistance to busing, which was met with violence in some corners of the city and cemented Boston’s national reputation as racist. Globe Staff,, 15 July 2022 Their doom is predicted in De France’s perfect stone face and Depardieu’s worldly vulgarian; both personify the manipulation of naïveté and innocence. Armond White, National Review, 10 June 2022 From Clermont-Ferrand, Paloma was never afraid to personify female characters even at a young age. Joey Nolfi,, 2 June 2022 Users are applying filters to their faces to personify Depp, combining clips of testimonies with past footage from Depp's film archives. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 15 May 2022 While some reviews imagine the ideal driver for a car, others personify the vehicle itself. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of personify

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Personify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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