[ per-son-uh-fahy ]
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verb (used with object),per·son·i·fied, per·son·i·fy·ing.
  1. to attribute human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction), as in speech or writing.

  2. to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.

  1. to embody (a quality, idea, etc.) in a real person or a concrete thing.

  2. to be an embodiment or incarnation of; typify: He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.The vicar's wife was grace and beauty personified.

  3. to personate.

Origin of personify

First recorded in 1720–30; person + -ify; compare French personnifier, Italian personificare

Other words for personify

Other words from personify

  • per·son·i·fi·a·ble [per-son-uh-fahy-uh-buhl], /pərˌsɒn əˈfaɪ ə bəl/, adjective
  • per·son·i·fi·ant, adjective
  • per·son·i·fi·er, noun
  • un·per·son·i·fy·ing, adjective

Words Nearby personify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use personify in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for personify


/ (pɜːˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to attribute human characteristics to (a thing or abstraction)

  2. to represent (an abstract quality) in human or animal form

  1. (of a person or thing) to represent (an abstract quality), as in art or literature

  2. to be the embodiment of

Derived forms of personify

  • personifiable, adjective
  • personifier, noun

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