- 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.
- to act or play a part.
Origin of personate1
1590–1600; v. use of Latin persōnātus personate2
- (of a bilabiate corolla) masklike.
- having the lower lip pushed upward so as to close the gap between the lips, as in the snapdragon.
- having a masked or disguised form, as the larvae of certain insects.
- having masklike markings.
Origin of personate2
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Related Wordsape, resemble, simulate, mirror, represent, play, give, show, offer, execute, produce, display, present, stage, perform, do, portray, enact, quit, appear
Examples from the Web for 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
- 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
- (of the corollas of certain flowers) having two lips in the form of a face
C18: from New Latin persōnātus masked, from Latin persōna; see person
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