- 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 impersonation
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 22, 2014
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
September 9, 2013
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
September 4, 2013
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)
August 14, 2013
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
April 30, 2013
Historical Examples of impersonation
Antonio, as I have shown, is an impersonation of Shakespeare himself.The Man Shakespeare
She was an impersonation of health, joy, and freshness, in the full sunlight.The Dream
This was probable to have been the second impersonation of Deity.The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper
Martin Farquhar Tupper
She appeared to me as the impersonation of all that was lovely.The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon
Jos Maria Gordon
How then comes Cocker to be the impersonation of Arithmetic?A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
Augustus de Morgan
- 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 impersonation
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.