Definition of personify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    personify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pəˈsɒnɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsɑːnɪfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they personify
    BrE BrE//pəˈsɒnɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsɑːnɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it personifies
    BrE BrE//pəˈsɒnɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsɑːnɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple personified
    BrE BrE//pəˈsɒnɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsɑːnɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle personified
    BrE BrE//pəˈsɒnɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsɑːnɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form personifying
    BrE BrE//pəˈsɒnɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsɑːnɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1personify something to be an example of a quality or characteristic, or to have a lot of it synonym typify These children personify all that is wrong with the education system. He is kindness personified.
  2. 2[usually passive] personify something (as somebody) to show or think of an object, quality, etc. as a person The river was personified as a goddess.
  3. Word Origin early 18th cent.: from French personnifier, from personne ‘person’.
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