per·​son·​ate | \ ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce personate (audio) \
personated; personating

Definition of personate

transitive verb

b : to assume without authority and with fraudulent intent (some character or capacity)
2 : to invest with personality or personal characteristics personating their gods ridiculous, and themselves past shame— John Milton

Other Words from personate

personation \ ˌpər-​sə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce personate (audio) \ noun
personative \ ˈpər-​sə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce personate (audio) \ adjective
personator \ ˈpər-​sə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce personate (audio) \ noun

Examples of personate in a Sentence

likes to personate the man of the world, but he's still the small-town hick that he always was
Recent Examples on the Web Till’s motifs swept though the ensemble, as horns, clarinets, bassoons, violin all had a chance to personate the character. By Libby Hanssen,, 3 June 2017

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First Known Use of personate

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Personate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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transitive verb
per·​son·​ate | \ ˈpərs-ᵊn-ˌāt How to pronounce personate (audio) \
personated; personating

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