impersonate

verb
im·per·son·ate | \ im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt \
impersonated; impersonating

Definition of impersonate 

transitive verb

: to assume or act the character of : personate

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Other words from impersonate

impersonation \im-ˌpər-sə-ˈnā-shən \ noun
impersonator \im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnā-tər \ noun

Synonyms for impersonate

Synonyms

act, do, interpret, perform, play, portray

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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.

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

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The others charged are believed to have allowed their policies to be used, or made phone calls to GEICO while impersonating crash victims. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "One Lexus, 10 crashes, none real. Rogue adjusters in Miami scammed GEICO, police say," 10 July 2018 But Hardy earned $200 a night—20 times more than Jones—impersonating James Brown. Jeff Maysh, Smithsonian, "The Counterfeit Queen of Soul," 28 June 2018 Could Alec Baldwin go from impersonating the president to becoming the president? Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Alec Baldwin says he'd 'absolutely win' if he ran for president," 12 June 2018 Police say the group, which calls itself the Genesee County Fire and EMS Media-Genesee County Task Force Blight Agency, has been impersonating officers since 2015, according to the Flint Journal. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "They cuffed people and wrote police reports - but they weren't real cops, Michigan police say," 1 June 2018 Yet Paulson did just that on visit to The Tonight Show last September (watch here) and only later figured out that impersonating a famous actor may not have been a great idea. Melissa Locker, Time, "Drew Barrymore Has Some Feedback for Sarah Paulson on That Impression," 23 May 2018 The Federal Trade Commission is warning that fake e-mails are being sent by scammers impersonating the FTC and telling people that their Do Not Call registration is expiring. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Could a tsunami of robocalls be heading to our cell phones?," 5 July 2018 Garcia faces charges of impersonating an officer and using or displaying a firearm during a felony. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Trooper thought he was helping a fellow police officer, but ended up arresting an impersonator: records," 28 June 2018 Thurlow Peay, 46, faces charges that include home invasion, larceny and impersonating a police officer. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Man Charged With Home Invasion, Impersonating Cop In Manchester," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of impersonate

1715, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impersonate was in 1715

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impersonate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of impersonate

: to pretend to be (another person)

impersonate

verb
im·per·son·ate | \ im-ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt \
impersonated; impersonating

Kids Definition of impersonate

: to pretend to be another person

impersonate

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

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