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impersonate

verb im·per·son·ate \im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt\

: to pretend to be (another person)

im·per·son·at·edim·per·son·at·ing

Full Definition of IMPERSONATE

transitive verb
:  to assume or act the character of :  personate
im·per·son·a·tion \-ˌpər-sə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
im·per·son·a·tor \-ˈpər-sə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of IMPERSONATE

  1. He was arrested for impersonating a police officer.
  2. a comedian with a talent for impersonating famous politicians and actors

First Known Use of IMPERSONATE

1715

Rhymes with IMPERSONATE

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IMPERSONATING Defined for Kids

impersonate

verb im·per·son·ate \im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt\
im·per·son·at·edim·per·son·at·ing

Definition of IMPERSONATE for Kids

:  to pretend to be another person

Synonym Discussion of IMPERSONATE

impersonate, play, and act mean to pretend to be somebody else. impersonate is used when someone tries to look and sound like another person as much as possible. <You're good at impersonating celebrities.> play is used when someone takes a part in a play, movie, or TV show. <You can play the part of the spy.> act may be used in situations other than performing in a drama or pretending to be a person. <Act like you're a dog.>

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