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impersonate

[v. im-pur-suh-neyt; adj. im-pur-suh-nit, -neyt] /v. ɪmˈpɜr səˌneɪt; adj. ɪmˈpɜr sə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), impersonated, impersonating.
1.
to assume the character or appearance of; pretend to be:
He was arrested for impersonating a police officer.
2.
to mimic the voice, mannerisms, etc., of (a person) in order to entertain.
3.
to act or play the part of; personate.
4.
Archaic. to represent in personal or bodily form; personify; typify.
adjective
5.
embodied in a person; invested with personality.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; im-1 + person + -ate1
Related forms
impersonation, noun
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Examples from the web for impersonating
  • Heartland says that this was erroneously emailed to someone impersonating a board member.
  • Warns consumers that sweepstakes scammers may be impersonating government officials.
  • Especially avoid those products impersonating books.
British Dictionary definitions for impersonating

impersonate

/ɪmˈpɜːsəˌneɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to pretend to be (another person)
2.
to imitate the character, mannerisms, etc, of (another person)
3.
(rare) to play the part or character of
4.
an archaic word for personify
Derived Forms
impersonation, noun
impersonator, noun
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Word Origin and History for impersonating

impersonate

v.

1620s, "to invest with a personality," from assimilated form of Latin in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + persona "person." Sense of "to assume the person or character of" is first recorded 1715. Earlier in same sense was personate (1610s). Related: Impersonated; impersonating.

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