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per·son·i·fy

 (pər-sŏn′ə-fī′)
tr.v. per·son·i·fied, per·son·i·fy·ing, per·son·i·fies
1. 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).
2. To represent (an object or abstraction) by a human figure.
3. To represent (an abstract quality or idea): This character personifies evil.
4. To be the embodiment or perfect example of: "Stalin now personified bolshevism in the eyes of the world" (A.J.P. Taylor).

[French personnifier, from personne, person, from Old French persone; see person.]

per·son′i·fi′er n.

personify

(pɜːˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ)
vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to attribute human characteristics to (a thing or abstraction)
2. to represent (an abstract quality) in human or animal form
3. (Art Terms) (of a person or thing) to represent (an abstract quality), as in art or literature
4. to be the embodiment of. Also (rare): personize, personise
perˈsoniˌfiable adj
perˈsoniˌfier n

per•son•i•fy

(pərˈsɒn əˌfaɪ)

v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to attribute a human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction).
2. to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.
3. to be an embodiment of; typify: He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.
[1720–30; compare French personnifier, Italian personificare]
per•son′i•fi`a•ble, adj.
per•son′i•fi`er, n.

personify


Past participle: personified
Gerund: personifying

Imperative
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personify
Present
I personify
you personify
he/she/it personifies
we personify
you personify
they personify
Preterite
I personified
you personified
he/she/it personified
we personified
you personified
they personified
Present Continuous
I am personifying
you are personifying
he/she/it is personifying
we are personifying
you are personifying
they are personifying
Present Perfect
I have personified
you have personified
he/she/it has personified
we have personified
you have personified
they have personified
Past Continuous
I was personifying
you were personifying
he/she/it was personifying
we were personifying
you were personifying
they were personifying
Past Perfect
I had personified
you had personified
he/she/it had personified
we had personified
you had personified
they had personified
Future
I will personify
you will personify
he/she/it will personify
we will personify
you will personify
they will personify
Future Perfect
I will have personified
you will have personified
he/she/it will have personified
we will have personified
you will have personified
they will have personified
Future Continuous
I will be personifying
you will be personifying
he/she/it will be personifying
we will be personifying
you will be personifying
they will be personifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been personifying
you have been personifying
he/she/it has been personifying
we have been personifying
you have been personifying
they have been personifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been personifying
you will have been personifying
he/she/it will have been personifying
we will have been personifying
you will have been personifying
they will have been personifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been personifying
you had been personifying
he/she/it had been personifying
we had been personifying
you had been personifying
they had been personifying
Conditional
I would personify
you would personify
he/she/it would personify
we would personify
you would personify
they would personify
Past Conditional
I would have personified
you would have personified
he/she/it would have personified
we would have personified
you would have personified
they would have personified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.personify - invest with or as with a body; give body to
embody, personify, be - represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"
2.personify - represent, as of a character on stagepersonify - represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"
stand for, symbolize, typify, symbolise, represent - express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol; "What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?"
body, personify - invest with or as with a body; give body to
exemplify, represent - be characteristic of; "This compositional style is exemplified by this fugue"
3.personify - attribute human qualities to something; "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"
ascribe, attribute, impute, assign - attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"

personify

verb embody, represent, express, mirror, exemplify, symbolize, typify, incarnate, image (rare), epitomize, body forth She seemed to personify goodness and nobility.

personify

verb
To represent (an abstraction, for example) in or as if in bodily form:
Translations
megszemélyesítmegtestesít

personify

[pɜːˈsɒnɪfaɪ] VT (= epitomize) → personificar; (= represent as person) → personificar
he is greed personifiedes la codicia personificada or en persona, es la personificación de la codicia
he personified the spirit of resistanceencarnó el espíritu de la resistencia

personify

[pərˈsɒnɪfaɪ] vt (= exemplify) → personnifier

personify

vtpersonifizieren; (= be the personification of also)verkörpern; he is evil personifieder ist das personifizierte Böse or das Böse in Person

personify

[pɜːˈsɒnɪˌfaɪ] vtpersonificare
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