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

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

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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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