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.

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Origin of impersonate

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

OTHER WORDS FROM impersonate

im·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 forms of impersonate

impersonation, nounimpersonator, noun
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