- to assume the character or appearance of; pretend to be: He was arrested for impersonating a police officer.
- to mimic the voice, mannerisms, etc., of (a person) in order to entertain.
- to act or play the part of; personate.
- Archaic. to represent in personal or bodily form; personify; typify.
- embodied in a person; invested with personality.
Origin of impersonate
Examples from the Web for impersonate
The truth is that anyone in the world could impersonate me, and there is little I can do about it.How I (Digitally) Killed My Twitter Impostor
July 21, 2014
A lonely young woman gets drawn into an online forum and is asked to impersonate someone else.The First Great Internet Novel
July 13, 2013
Say one thing for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, he certainly has the right hair to impersonate Elvis.10 Celebrity Elvis Impersonations
August 16, 2011
Con artists routinely hack into accounts to impersonate people and bilk money from strangers.Catfish's Photo Fraud Victim
October 4, 2010
They intrude here, to impersonate the Nine Worthies before the two Courts.William Shakespeare
Now when I am sixty-three I shall begin to impersonate children.The Merry-Go-Round
Carl Van Vechten
What would he have given to impersonate her lover in the piece!A Laodicean
She proceeded to impersonate both that heroine and Madame La Farge.The Cricket
He used the choruses as Handel did, to impersonate the mass of people.How Music Developed
W. J. Henderson
- to pretend to be (another person)
- to imitate the character, mannerisms, etc, of (another person)
- rare to play the part or character of
- an archaic word for personify
Word Origin and History for impersonate
1620s, "to invest with a personality," from assimilated form of Latin in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + persona "person." Sense of "to assume the person or character of" is first recorded 1715. Earlier in same sense was personate (1610s). Related: Impersonated; impersonating.