personate

personate

1 [pur-suh-neyt]
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:
1590–1600; v. use of Latin persōnātus personate2

personation, noun
personative, adjective
personator, noun
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personate

2 [pur-suh-nit, -neyt]
adjective
1.
Botany.
a.
(of a bilabiate corolla) masklike. See illus. under corolla.
b.
having the lower lip pushed upward so as to close the gap between the lips, as in the snapdragon.
2.
Zoology.
a.
having a masked or disguised form, as the larvae of certain insects.
b.
having masklike markings.

Origin:
1750–60; < Neo-Latin, Latin persōnātus masked; see persona, -ate1

personately, adverb
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personate1 (ˈpɜːsəˌneɪt)
 
vb
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
 
person'ation1
 
n
 
'personative1
 
adj
 
'personator1
 
n

personate2 (ˈpɜːsənɪt, -ˌneɪt)
 
adj
(of the corollas of certain flowers) having two lips in the form of a face
 
[C18: from New Latin persōnātus masked, from Latin persōna; see person]

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