per·son·i·fy | \pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī \
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 \ 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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At least one person in the Obama administration clapped back on the fact that ole hypocrisy personified seemed to have no problem with Air Force One these days. Angela Helm, The Root, "After Trolling Obama for Wasting Money, Trump’s Air Force One Refrigerators Upgraded for a Cool $24,000,000," 27 Jan. 2018 That relationship — personified by the close bonds of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940s and Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in the 1980s — is being tested as never before. New York Times, "Big Protests Greet Trump’s Visit to Britain," 12 July 2018 Ferocity personified: Tkay Maidza, an Australian 21-year-old with a ton of promise, gets a shimmering production from Hoodboi and bodies it with an uncomplicated flow that eventually pivots into breathy singing. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "20 Great Pop Songs From 2018's First Half You Might Have Missed," 5 July 2018 No one personifies that idea more than the coach, Steve Sampson. Joe Knowles,, "Roger Bennett on 'American Fiasco,' the state of U.S. soccer and the 'siren call' of Chicago," 27 June 2018 It's been a season full of ups and downs, personified this week by two teams -- the Oakland A's and Milwaukee Brewers -- who have a player in both of our categories. Lawr Michaels, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball sizzlers, fizzlers: Franklin Barreto coming of age," 26 June 2018 The undeniable link between the two entities may well be best personified now by the long-time professional connection between Hirshland and Wasserman. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Beleaguered USOC chooses fresh start in its pick for CEO," 12 July 2018 The challenges facing rescuers become personified in the form of Saman Kunan, an ex-Thai Navy SEAL who died after successfully bringing the boys oxygen tanks on July 6. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "All 12 Thai Boys Rescued From Cave," 10 July 2018 Both John and Joe — and Wills, who is still on the show — personify a kind of fleeting Bachelorette hero. Rebecca Farley,, "Behold: The Bachelor Unicorns — The Perfect Contestants Who Came & Went," 9 July 2018

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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 \
personified; personifying

Kids Definition of personify

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

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