impersonate

verb im·per·son·ate \ im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of impersonate

impersonated; impersonating
transitive verb
: to assume or act the character of : personate

impersonation

play \im-ˌpər-sə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

impersonator

play \im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of impersonate in a Sentence

  1. He was arrested for impersonating a police officer.

  2. a comedian with a talent for impersonating famous politicians and actors

Recent Examples of impersonate from the Web

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First Known Use of impersonate

1715

impersonate Synonyms

Synonyms
act, masquerade (as), personate, play, pose (as)
Related Words
ape, copy, imitate, mime, mimic, mock, monkey, parody, travesty; perform, portray

IMPERSONATE Defined for English Language Learners

impersonate

verb

Definition of impersonate for English Language Learners

  • : to pretend to be (another person)


IMPERSONATE Defined for Kids

impersonate

verb im·per·son·ate \ im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt \

Definition of impersonate for Students

impersonated; impersonating
: 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.

Law Dictionary

impersonate

transitive verb im·per·son·ate \ im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt \

legal Definition of impersonate

impersonated; impersonating
: 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

impersonator

play \-ˌnā-tər\ noun


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