personify

[ per-son-uh-fahy ]
/ pərˈsɒn əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), per·son·i·fied, per·son·i·fy·ing.

to attribute human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction), as in speech or writing.
to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.
to embody (a quality, idea, etc.) in a real person or a concrete thing.
to be an embodiment or incarnation of; typify: He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.
to personate.

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Origin of personify

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

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British Dictionary definitions for personify

personify
/ (pɜːˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to attribute human characteristics to (a thing or abstraction)
to represent (an abstract quality) in human or animal form
(of a person or thing) to represent (an abstract quality), as in art or literature
to be the embodiment of

Derived forms of personify

personifiable, adjectivepersonifier, noun
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