[ pur-suh-neyt ]
/ ˈpɜr səˌneɪt /
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verb (used with object), per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·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·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing.
to act or play a part.
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Origin of personate1
First recorded in 1590–1600; verb use of Latin persōnātus “wearing a mask, masked”; see origin at person
OTHER WORDS FROM personateper·son·a·tion [pur-suh-ney-shuhn], /ˌpɜr səˈneɪ ʃən/, nounper·son·a·tive, adjectiveper·son·a·tor, noun
Other definitions for personate (2 of 2)
[ pur-suh-nit, -neyt ]
/ ˈpɜr sə nɪt, -ˌneɪt /
- (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
OTHER WORDS FROM personateper·son·ate·ly, adverb
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How to use personate in a sentence
To her mind the personation of Grace Roseberry had suddenly assumed a new aspect: the aspect of a fatality.The New Magdalen|Wilkie Collins
All forms of false personation, for the purpose of obtaining the property of others, are made penal by express statute.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
How far such a personation is consistent with truth and righteousness may be reasonably questioned.Out in the Forty-Five|Emily Sarah Holt
There have been two instances of false personation in this case, Ned said.Boy Scouts in the Northwest|G. Harvey Ralphson
It is not found simply in the personation of vicious characters, whether in the shape of heroic crime or vulgar comedy.
British Dictionary definitions for personate (1 of 2)
/ (ˈpɜːsəˌneɪt) /
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 personatepersonation, nounpersonative, adjectivepersonator, noun
British Dictionary definitions for personate (2 of 2)
/ (ˈpɜːsənɪt, -ˌneɪt) /
(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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