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.
- im·per·son·a·tion [im-pur-suh-ney-shuhn], /ɪmˌpɜr səˈneɪ ʃən/, noun
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How to use impersonate in a sentence
In it, Talos is impersonating Fury on Earth and doing him a favor while the real Fury is up in space, at the Skrull base, taking a much-needed post-Endgame vacation.WandaVision’s series finale sets up the future of Wanda and the MCU | Alex Abad-Santos | March 5, 2021 | Vox
The hackers made a point of undermining trust in targeted networks, stealing identities, and gaining the ability to impersonate or create seemingly legitimate users in order to freely access victims’ Microsoft 365 and Azure accounts.Recovering from the SolarWinds hack could take 18 months | Patrick Howell ONeill | March 2, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
They also blogged about the inner workings of software vulnerabilities, sometimes impersonating legitimate cybersecurity experts in “guest” author posts.
At least seven of those arrests involved illegal firearms, and one was of a person who reportedly impersonated a police officer at a checkpoint near the Capitol.The fortress around downtown D.C. is being dismantled. But heightened security may remain. | Emily Davies, Michael Brice-Saddler, Peter Hermann | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
He regularly impersonates and pokes fun at the current president, Adama Barrow, who defeated Jammeh in 2016, and his political opponents.
The truth is that anyone in the world could impersonate me, and there is little I can do about it.
A lonely young woman gets drawn into an online forum and is asked to impersonate someone else.
But how often does someone impersonate a voter or cast multiple ballots?
Say one thing for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, he certainly has the right hair to impersonate Elvis.
Con artists routinely hack into accounts to impersonate people and bilk money from strangers.
Thus did Dante impersonate the worship of Venus Urania,--spiritual tenderness overcoming sensual desire.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII | John Lord
It is impossible that all the children should sympathetically impersonate the same character and realize the same experience.Literature in the Elementary School | Porter Lander MacClintock
Travis, look around this room and see if you can identify the man that hired you to impersonate Herbert Whitmore!The Substitute Prisoner | Max Marcin
She could impersonate Gypsy Nan; she could not, if she would, impersonate the woman who was dead!The White Moll | Frank L. Packard
At one moment she might be trying to impersonate Ajax defying the lightning; in the next she is apparently fleeing from a satyr.The Story of Seville | Walter M. Gallichan
British Dictionary definitions for impersonate
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
- impersonation, noun
- impersonator, noun
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