What does personify mean?

Definitions for personify
pərˈsɒn əˌfaɪper·son·i·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. body, personify(verb)

    invest with or as with a body; give body to

  2. embody, be, personify(verb)

    represent, as of a character on stage

    "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"

  3. personify, personate(verb)

    attribute human qualities to something

    "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"


  1. personify(Verb)

    To be an example of; to have all the attributes of.

    Mozart could be said to personify the idea of a musical genius.

  2. personify(Verb)

    To create a representation of an abstract quality in the form of a literary character.

    The writer personified death in the form of the Grim Reaper.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Personify(verb)

    to regard, treat, or represent as a person; to represent as a rational being

  2. Personify(verb)

    to be the embodiment or personification of; to impersonate; as, he personifies the law

  3. Origin: [Person + -fy: cf. F. personnifier.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Personify

    per-son′i-fī, v.t. (rhet.) to treat, look on, or describe as a person: to ascribe to any inanimate object the qualities of a person: to be the embodiment of:—pa.t. and pa.p. person′ifīed.n. Personificā′tion. [L. persona, a person, facĕre, to make.]

Editors Contribution

  1. personify

    Personify could mean a archetype-he personified a caring,considerate and intelligent man so he was a archetype of person having enlightened ideas like pursuing a career in medicine or being like the stoics

    he personified a stoical person and understanding person-dr dwarkanath kotnis in 1938-(1910-1942)- whose medical mission to china may have personified the caring nature in himself-so he became an indian who personified a quality not many would have

    Submitted by Lighthouse21 on May 10, 2018


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of personify in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of personify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of personify in a Sentence

  1. Eternal Word Television Network:

    Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her to found, her accomplishments and legacies in evangelization throughout the world are nothing short of miraculous and can only be attributed to divine Providence and her unwavering faithfulness to Our Lord.

  2. June Jordan:

    To rescue our children we will have to let them save us from the power we embody: we will have to trust the very difference that they forever personify. And we will have to allow them the choice, without fear of death: that they may come and do likewise or that they may come and that we will follow them, that a little child will lead us back to the child we will always be, vulnerable and wanting and hurting for love and for beauty.

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