from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive 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).
- transitive v. To represent (an object or abstraction) by a human figure.
- transitive v. To represent (an abstract quality or idea): This character personifies evil.
- transitive v. To be the embodiment or perfect example of: "Stalin now personified bolshevism in the eyes of the world” ( A.J.P. Taylor).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be an example of; to have all the attributes of.
- v. To create a representation of an abstract quality in the form of a literary character.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To regard, treat, or represent as a person; to represent as a rational being.
- transitive v. To be the embodiment or personification of; to impersonate.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)