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personate1

[pur-suh-neyt] /ˈpɜr səˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), personated, personating.
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), personated, personating.
4.
to act or play a part.
Origin of personate1
1590-1600
1590-1600; v. use of Latin persōnātus personate2
Related forms
personation, noun
personative, adjective
personator, noun

personate2

[pur-suh-nit, -neyt] /ˈpɜr sə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
adjective
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.
Origin
1750-60; < New Latin, Latin persōnātus masked; see persona, -ate1
Related forms
personately, adverb
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Examples from the Web for personate
Historical Examples
  • The drawback is, that without any sort of doubt they personate falsely.

  • We fixed upon Pierce to personate the ghost because he was tall and lanky.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Female Sharpers who dress elegantly, personate women of fashion, attend masquerades, and even go to St. James's.

  • It was his own idea to personate you, and the risk is his own.

    The Traitors E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • It was not an ingratiating character, and Nancy and Barbara flatly refused to personate it.

    Etheldreda the Ready Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • It needed freedom, and the absence of any urgency, to enable him to personate a gentleman.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • As an actress, her tall, stately, elegant figure was admirably calculated to personate the tragic heroines of opera.

    Great Singers, Second Series George T. Ferris
  • Not always, however, did they personate the same characters.

    Daring and Suffering: William Pittenger
  • He may personate me long enough to kill my father and rifle his hoards.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • His plan, therefore, was to kill him, and then personate him.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for personate

personate1

/ˈpɜːsəˌneɪt/
verb (transitive)
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 Forms
personation, noun
personative, adjective
personator, noun

personate2

/ˈpɜːsənɪt; -ˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
(of the corollas of certain flowers) having two lips in the form of a face
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin persōnātus masked, from Latin persōna; see person
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