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

transitive verb

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

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of personify was in 1728

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Cite this Entry

“Personify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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per·​son·​i·​fy pər-ˈsän-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce personify (audio)
personified; personifying
: to think of or represent as a person
personify the forces of nature
: to be the perfect example of
she personified kindness

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