personify

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verb per·son·i·fy \pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of personify

personified

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personifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to conceive of or represent as a person or as having human qualities or powers

  3. 2 :  to be the embodiment or personification of :  incarnate a teacher who personified patience

personifier

play \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of personify in a sentence

  1. The ancient Greeks personified the forces of nature as gods and goddesses.

  2. Justice is personified as a woman with her eyes covered.

1728

First Known Use of personify

1728


PERSONIFY Defined for English Language Learners

personify

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verb per·son·i·fy \pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of personify for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

personify

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verb per·son·i·fy \pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of personify for Students

personified

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personifying

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



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