- 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 impersonated
He had married a man, then impersonated him and withdrawn $250,000 from his bank account, leading to four years in prison.Prisoners Get Cultural Fix with 8-Tracks and Bootleg Cassettes
August 18, 2014
In 2010, he impersonated a minor-league pitcher to publicize a charity providing college scholarships to cancer survivors.What the Stars Hold For Your Week
Starsky + Cox
July 17, 2011
You Michael, have impersonated, or played may be a better word, Mozart, ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, Caligula.David Frost on Frost/Nixon
The Daily Beast
December 6, 2008
Of the latter, one is the Princess von Steinheimer, and the other, the lady who impersonated her.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Alfred impersonated a wide range of characters while in this theatre.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
To have impersonated the Ithacan was little; he had been just sitting for a God.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
Did you think it possible, then, that some stranger might have impersonated me?The Message
Egyptian theology had impersonated the forces of evil in Set.Comparative Religion
J. Estlin Carpenter
- 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 impersonated
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.