American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To think of or represent (an inanimate object or abstraction) as having personality or the qualities, thoughts, or movements of a living being: "To make history or psychology alive I personify it” ( Anaïs Nin).
- v. To represent (an object or abstraction) by a human figure.
- v. To represent (an abstract quality or idea): This character personifies evil.
- v. To be the embodiment or perfect example of: "Stalin now personified bolshevism in the eyes of the world” ( A.J.P. Taylor).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat or regard as a person; represent as a rational being; treat, for literary purposes, as if endowed with the sentiments, actions, or language of a rational being or person, or, for artistic purposes, as if having a human form and nature.
- To impersonate; be an impersonation or embodiment of: as, he personifies all that is mean.
- v. transitive To be an example of; to have all the attributes of.
- v. transitive To create a representation of an abstract quality in the form of literary character.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To regard, treat, or represent as a person; to represent as a rational being.
- v. To be the embodiment or personification of; to impersonate.
- v. invest with or as with a body; give body to
- v. represent, as of a character on stage
- v. attribute human qualities to something
- French personnifier, from personne, person, from Old French persone; see person. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mr. Polshek said he had been preparing for his transition out of the firm for years and had seen firsthand the downside of having one name personify a practice.”
“Steve: it is quote common to personify firms this way in the English language to refer to the owners and/or managers of thefirm.”
“Steve says: it is quote common to personify firms this way in the English language to refer to the owners and/or managers of thefirm.”
“If you personify the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, and self-control—everything you do will have a positive impact for God as well as for everyone in your life.”
“These players personify strength, resilience, and a certain kind of footballing integrity in sufficient quantity to overcome individual defects, such as Robson's drinking or Cantona's quixotic nature.”
“Palin, who helped put the Tea Party on the map, and her protegee O'Donnell, best personify the new breed of Republican: charming, attractive, angry non-intellects who mock education, science and logic, while claiming "I am you" in an effort to identify with average voters.”
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“Awards are presented to artists and other individuals who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state, or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to cultural diversity, understanding and unity in the arts.”
“I guess the main difference between me and you is that I don't think it's necessary to put names on any of it, or personify it in any way, or to require others to do so.”
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