- 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[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. Word Origin early 18th cent.: from French personnifier, from personne
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//