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Definition of "personify" [per•son•i•fy]

  • To think of or represent (an inanimate object or abstraction) as having personality or the qualities, thoughts, or movements of a living being: "To make history or psychology alive I personify it” ( Anaïs Nin). (verb-transitive)
  • To represent (an object or abstraction) by a human figure. (verb-transitive)
  • To represent (an abstract quality or idea): This character personifies evil. (verb-transitive)
  • To be the embodiment or perfect example of: "Stalin now personified bolshevism in the eyes of the world” ( A.J.P. Taylor). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "personify" in a sentence
  • "Mr. Polshek said he had been preparing for his transition out of the firm for years and had seen firsthand the downside of having one name personify a practice."
  • "Steve: it is quote common to personify firms this way in the English language to refer to the owners and/or managers of thefirm."
  • "Steve says: it is quote common to personify firms this way in the English language to refer to the owners and/or managers of thefirm."