Pronunciation: (pur-son'u-fī"), [key]
v.t., -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to attribute human nature or character to (an inanimate object or an abstraction), as in speech or writing.
2. to represent (a thing or abstraction) in the form of a person, as in art.
3. to embody (a quality, idea, etc.) in a real person or a concrete thing.
4. to be an embodiment or incarnation of; typify: He personifies the ruthless ambition of some executives.
5. to personate.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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