personate

verb per·son·ate \ ˈpər-sə-ˌnāt \

Definition of personate

personated; personating
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

personation

play \ˌpər-sə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

personative

play \ˈpər-sə-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective

personator

play \ˈpər-sə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

Examples of personate in a Sentence

  1. likes to personate the man of the world, but he's still the small-town hick that he always was

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First Known Use of personate

1591

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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personate

transitive verb per·son·ate \ ˈpərs-ᵊn-ˌāt \

legal Definition of personate

personated; personating


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