- to act or portray (a character in a play, a part, etc.).
- to assume the character or appearance of; pass oneself off as, especially with fraudulent intent; impersonate.
- to represent in terms of personal properties or characteristics; personify.
- to act or play a part.
Origin of personate1
1590–1600; v. use of Latin persōnātus personate2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for personation
No man surely 20 ever had so little talent for personation as Johnson.Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson
Thomas Babington Macaulay
As to the personation of votes, there should have been no allegation made.Ralph the Heir</p>
In the Seville auto of September 24, 1559, there were three cases of personation.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4
Henry Charles Lea
And it was believed that in this behalf, they were having recourse to personation.Perlycross
R. D. Blackmore
They are bribery, treating, undue influence, and personation.The Government of England (Vol. I)
A. Lawrence Lowell
- to act the part of (a character in a play); portray
- a less common word for personify
- criminal law to assume the identity of (another person) with intent to deceive
- (of the corollas of certain flowers) having two lips in the form of a face
C18: from New Latin persōnātus masked, from Latin persōna; see person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012