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personate

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[ pur-suh-neyt ]
/ 藞p蓽r s蓹藢ne瑟t /
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verb (used with object), per路son路at路ed, per路son路at路ing.
to act or portray (a character in a play, a part, etc.).
to assume the character or appearance of; pass oneself off as, especially with fraudulent intent; impersonate.
to represent in terms of personal properties or characteristics; personify.
verb (used without object), per路son路at路ed, per路son路at路ing.
to act or play a part.
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Origin of personate

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1590鈥1600; v. use of Latin pers艒n膩tuspersonate2

OTHER WORDS FROM personate

per路son路a路tion, nounper路son路a路tive, adjectiveper路son路a路tor, noun

Other definitions for personate (2 of 2)

personate2
[ pur-suh-nit, -neyt ]
/ 藞p蓽r s蓹 n瑟t, -藢ne瑟t /

adjective
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.
Zoology.
  1. having a masked or disguised form, as the larvae of certain insects.
  2. having masklike markings.

Origin of personate

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1750鈥60; <New Latin, Latin pers艒n膩tus masked; see persona, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM personate

per路son路ate路ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for personate (1 of 2)

personate1
/ (藞p蓽藧s蓹藢ne瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to act the part of (a character in a play); portray
a less common word for personify
criminal law to assume the identity of (another person) with intent to deceive

Derived forms of personate

personation, nounpersonative, adjectivepersonator, noun

British Dictionary definitions for personate (2 of 2)

personate2
/ (藞p蓽藧s蓹n瑟t, -藢ne瑟t) /

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

Word Origin for personate

C18: from New Latin pers艒n膩tus masked, from Latin pers艒na; see person
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