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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.
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verb (used without object), per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing.
  1. to act or play a part.
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Origin of personate1

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


[pur-suh-nit, -neyt]
  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.
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Origin of personate2

1750–60; < New Latin, Latin persōnātus masked; see persona, -ate1
Related formsper·son·ate·ly, adverb
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Related Words

ape, 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

Historical Examples

  • 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


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
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Derived Formspersonation, nounpersonative, adjectivepersonator, noun


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

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