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
My wife answered and thought it was a friend impersonating the governor.
Allen admitted that he had been worried about impersonating Walt Jr. but thought it would be discriminatory to leave him out.
Last week, a video of a singer impersonating 29 different celeb voices went viral.Viral Video of the Day: 29 ‘Perfect’ Impressions Were Faked! | Alex Chancey | July 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the Ireland of America, locals pay little mind as mad Elvis-impersonating martial artists plotters come and go.Oxford, MS, Famous: Elvis, Kimonos, Castor Beans, and a Grinder | Stuart Stevens | April 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Winston Ross | April 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Watch now for the glowing hands of the killer—the man who has been impersonating the Eye ever since Carlson was killed.
See the ideal and ethereal being whom you have been so faithfully impersonating all the afternoon!The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
Not far from Tantalus is Salmoneus, also a king, who dared to challenge the gods by impersonating Jupiter.Stories of Old Greece and Rome | Emilie Kip Baker
His career had been a long one of varied villainy, he impersonating alternately a parson and a rich shipowner.Windjammers and Sea Tramps | Walter Runciman
She heard the murmur that arose when Philip started to capture the exquisite golden creature she was impersonating.A Girl Of The Limberlost | Gene Stratton Porter
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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