What does the word personify mean?

Usage examples for personify

  1. A young Circassian, so it is alleged, was employed to personate the prince, whilst another representative was found to personify Nikon, the late patriarch of the Russian Church, who had been deposed and imprisoned by the Czar. – Claimants to Royalty by John H. Ingram
  2. The occasions on which you ought to personify things, and those on which you ought not, cannot be stated in any precise rule. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown