verb (used with object), im·per·son·at·ed, im·per·son·at·ing.
Origin of impersonate
Examples from the Web for impersonation
If the President seems to be doing his best Clinton impersonation, he must be evil.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream|Candida Moss|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As they spoke, I could almost swear Hank was slipping into a John Wayne impersonation.‘To’hajiilee’ Is the Finest Episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ Yet|Andrew Romano|September 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the last nine months has done his best Colin Powell impersonation.Up to Speed: Washington’s Prewar Politicking on Syria|Eli Lake|September 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Michael Jackson Bar Mitzvah Shawn Goldberg did his best Michael Jackson impersonation at his 1984 bar mitzvah.The Six Most Fabulous, Most Epic Bar Mitzvah Dances Ever (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There are probably a lot of people who could do a spot-on Jeff Buckley impersonation and could get the hair going.‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’: Penn Badgley on Playing Late Musician Jeff Buckley|Richard Porton|April 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Being the impersonation of the educational spirit, he did not need to borrow thoughts.Charles Lewis Cocke|William Robert Lee Smith
Recitation rather than impersonation would be generally aimed at by the actors.The Drama|Henry Irving
He is in fact the impersonation of the court life of the period.Van Dyck|Estelle M. Hurll
His face darkened when I spoke of the impersonation, and he was just as much at a loss as myself to account for it.The Mystery of the Hidden Room|Marion Harvey
She appeared to me as the impersonation of all that was lovely.The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon|Jos Maria Gordon
1800, "personification;" 1825 as "an acting of a part or character;" noun of action from impersonate (v.).
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.