personify

To personify is to give something lifeless human-like qualities — like when Emily Dickinson wrote, "Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me..."

You can also use the verb personify to show one person embodying another, like an actor attempting to personify Abraham Lincoln in a play about the former president. A person can also personify a value or emotion, as when the founder of a charitable organization is said to personify generosity and selflessness. When you add the suffix -ify (meaning "to make") to a noun, you "verbify" that noun. So personify means "to make into a person."

Definitions of personify
1

v attribute human qualities to something

Synonyms:
personate
Type of:
ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
attribute or credit to

v invest with or as with a body; give body to

Synonyms:
body
Type of:
be, embody
represent, as of a character on stage

v represent, as of a character on stage

Synonyms:
be, embody
Types:
body
invest with or as with a body; give body to
exemplify, represent
be characteristic of
Type of:
represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize, typify
express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

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