impersonate

[ verb im-pur-suh-neyt; adjective im-pur-suh-nit, -neyt ]
/ verb ɪmˈpɜr səˌneɪt; adjective ɪmˈpɜr sə nɪt, -ˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), im·per·son·at·ed, im·per·son·at·ing.

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.

adjective

embodied in a person; invested with personality.

Nearby words

  1. imperscriptible,
  2. impersonal,
  3. impersonalism,
  4. impersonality,
  5. impersonalize,
  6. impersonation,
  7. impersonator,
  8. impertinence,
  9. impertinency,
  10. impertinent

Origin of impersonate

First recorded in 1615–25; im-1 + person + -ate1

Related formsim·per·son·a·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for impersonate

impersonate

/ (ɪmˈpɜːsəˌneɪt) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsimpersonation, nounimpersonator, noun

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Word Origin and History for impersonate

impersonate

v.

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.

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