personate

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[pur-suh-neyt]
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verb (used with object), per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing.
  1. to act or portray (a character in a play, a part, etc.).
  2. to assume the character or appearance of; pass oneself off as, especially with fraudulent intent; impersonate.
  3. to represent in terms of personal properties or characteristics; personify.
verb (used without object), per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing.
  1. to act or play a part.

Origin of personate

1
1590–1600; v. use of Latin persōnātus personate2
Related formsper·son·a·tion, nounper·son·a·tive, adjectiveper·son·a·tor, noun

personate

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[pur-suh-nit, -neyt]
adjective
  1. Botany.
    1. (of a bilabiate corolla) masklike.
    2. having the lower lip pushed upward so as to close the gap between the lips, as in the snapdragon.
  2. Zoology.
    1. having a masked or disguised form, as the larvae of certain insects.
    2. having masklike markings.

Origin of personate

2
1750–60; < New Latin, Latin persōnātus masked; see persona, -ate1
Related formsper·son·ate·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for personate

Historical Examples of personate

  • We fixed upon Pierce to personate the ghost because he was tall and lanky.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • At that moment he was less like himself than was the impostor who came there to personate him.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Let us fancy him on a journey, try and personate him; that would be the real way.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • I accompanied Linton to Limerick at his request, dressed to personate you.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • It was his own idea to personate you, and the risk is his own.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim


British Dictionary definitions for personate

personate

1
verb (tr)
  1. to act the part of (a character in a play); portray
  2. a less common word for personify
  3. criminal law to assume the identity of (another person) with intent to deceive
Derived Formspersonation, nounpersonative, adjectivepersonator, noun

personate

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adjective
  1. (of the corollas of certain flowers) having two lips in the form of a face

Word Origin for personate

C18: from New Latin persōnātus masked, from Latin persōna; see person
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