impersonate

verb
im·​per·​son·​ate | \ im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce impersonate (audio) \
impersonated; impersonating

Definition of impersonate

transitive verb

: to assume or act the character of : personate

Other Words from impersonate

impersonation \ im-​ˌpər-​sə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce impersonate (audio) \ noun
impersonator \ im-​ˈpər-​sə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce impersonate (audio) \ noun

Examples of impersonate in a Sentence

He was arrested for impersonating a police officer. a comedian with a talent for impersonating famous politicians and actors
Recent Examples on the Web This gives her a great chance to impersonate McKinnon, Strong, Villaseñor and more. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 8 May 2022 Recently, a scammer created an Instagram account to impersonate me. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 For years, there’s been a cottage industry in Japan and South Korea of renting strangers to impersonate friends, family members or other acquaintances, as a way to save face at social functions where plus-ones are expected. Michelle Ye Hee Lee And Julia Mio Inuma, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Mar. 2022 The contestants impersonate celebrities in Snatch Game. Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 For years, there’s been a cottage industry in Japan and South Korea of renting strangers to impersonate friends, family members or other acquaintances, as a way to save face at social functions where plus-ones are expected. Michelle Ye Hee Lee And Julia Mio Inuma, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Mar. 2022 For years, there’s been a cottage industry in Japan and South Korea of renting strangers to impersonate friends, family members or other acquaintances, as a way to save face at social functions where plus-ones are expected. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 For the most part, these are gas cars that can periodically impersonate an EV, rather than the other way around. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 24 Feb. 2022 And as Holmes artificially lowers her voice to project a masculine presence, Delvey uses a voice-modulating app to impersonate the German manager of her nonexistent trust fund. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of impersonate

1715, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Impersonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impersonate. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for impersonate

impersonate

verb
im·​per·​son·​ate | \ im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce impersonate (audio) \
impersonated; impersonating

Kids Definition of impersonate

: to pretend to be another person

Choose the Right Synonym for 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.

impersonate

transitive verb
im·​per·​son·​ate | \ im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce impersonate (audio) \
impersonated; impersonating

Legal Definition of impersonate

: to assume (another's or a fictitious identity) without authority and with fraudulent intent impersonate a police officer impersonated a public servant by saying he was from the water department

Other Words from impersonate

impersonator \ -​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce impersonate (audio) \ noun

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