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. verb
    attribute human qualities to something
    synonyms: personate
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    type of:
    ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
    attribute or credit to
  2. verb
    invest with or as with a body; give body to
    synonyms: body
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    type of:
    be, embody
    represent, as of a character on stage
  3. verb
    represent, as of a character on stage
    synonyms: be, embody
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    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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