- 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 impersonating
Allen admitted that he had been worried about impersonating Walt Jr. but thought it would be discriminatory to leave him out.One Man 'Breaking Bad' Kills on Stage
August 27, 2014
Man, is he mixed up in a whole lot of different stuff, from karate to Elvis impersonating to fiction writing.Paul Kevin Curtis and J. Everett Dutschke: Epic Feud and Ricin Letters
April 25, 2013
Two presenters on Sydney's 2Day FM radio station called the hospital while impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles.Post Mortem Will Show That Kate Middleton Hoax Nurse Jacintha Hung Herself
December 12, 2012
But that particular line was never uttered by Palin, it came from Tina Fey impersonating the former governor.
Whether riding a horse, conducting an orchestra, or impersonating an officer, Williams packs in a manic number of characters.Elmo's True Hollywood Story
October 21, 2011
How can we prevent men, in such livery, from impersonating our own agents?Long Live the King
Mary Roberts Rinehart
What that meant was very plain—he was impersonating the deity!A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He sees himself as, and feels that he is actually, the character he is impersonating.The Victorious Attitude
Orison Swett Marden
That you are impersonating a man whose property you have stolen.A Desperate Voyage
Edward Frederick Knight
But even a versatile actor might pause at impersonating a President.
- 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 impersonating
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.