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

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Other Words from impersonate

impersonation \ im-​ˌpər-​sə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce impersonation (audio) \ noun
impersonator \ im-​ˈpər-​sə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce impersonator (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 Kaspersky's researchers found a similar spyware app, impersonating a browser cache cleaning tool called Browser Turbo, still active in Google Play in November of that year. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store—Again and Again," 28 Apr. 2020 Timothy Winfree, 32, faces charges of aggravated assault and impersonating a public servant, Denton police said. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Man faces assault charge after police say he pretended to be a Denton cop," 30 Mar. 2020 These are just small ways that the Ram impersonates a luxury car. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Our Ram 1500 Shines as a Luxurious, Go-Anywhere Snow Machine," 28 Jan. 2020 Phone Scams: Criminals impersonating IRS agents continue to make aggressive and threatening phone calls to taxpayers. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "BusinessWise: Avoiding tax fraud," 27 Jan. 2020 Adversaries impersonating as a public network is not uncommon. Abhishek A., Quartz India, "Jeff Bezos likely failed the mobile security hygiene test. Don’t be Jeff Bezos," 22 Jan. 2020 The day before Thanksgiving, Joey Mulinaro tweeted his first video impersonating Nick Saban. Michelle R. Martinelli, Indianapolis Star, "Meet Joey Mulinaro, the master of Nick Saban and Ed Orgeron impressions," 10 Jan. 2020 The day before Thanksgiving, Joey Mulinaro tweeted his first video impersonating Nick Saban. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Meet Joey Mulinaro, the master of Nick Saban and Ed Orgeron impressions," 10 Jan. 2020 But things quickly fall apart as Kim begins acting strangely, impersonating women, both known and unknown to her. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "20 New Books to Gift This Mother’s Day," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of impersonate

1715, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2020

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“Impersonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impersonate. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for impersonate

impersonate

verb
How to pronounce impersonate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of impersonate

: to pretend to be (another person)

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 impersonator (audio) \ noun

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