Personate Per"son*ate, v. i. To play or assume a character. [1913 Webster]

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  • Personate — Per son*ate, v. t. [L. personatus masked, assumed, fictitious, fr. persona a mask. See {Person}.] 1. To assume the character of; to represent by a fictitious appearance; to act the part of; hence, to counterfeit; to feign; as, he tried to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • personate — per·son·ate / pərs ən ˌāt/ vt at·ed, at·ing: impersonate Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. personate …   Law dictionary

  • Personate — Per son*ate, a. [L. personatus masked.] (Bot.) Having the throat of a bilabiate corolla nearly closed by a projection of the base of the lower lip; masked, as in the flower of the snapdragon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Personate — Per son*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Personated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Personating}.] [L. personare to cry out, LL., to extol. See {Person}.] To celebrate loudly; to extol; to praise. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In fable, hymn, or song so personating Their… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • personate — [pʉr′sə nāt΄; ] for adj. [, pʉr′sənit, pʉr′sənāt΄] vt. personated, personating [< L personatus, masked < persona: see PERSON] 1. to act or play the part of, as in a drama or masquerade; portray 2. to personify 3. Law to assume the character …   English World dictionary

  • personate — per•son•ate [[t]ˈpɜr səˌneɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing 1) to portray (as a character in a play) 2) to impersonate, esp. with fraudulent intent 3) to personify • Etymology: 1590–1600; v. use of L persōnātus personate per son•a′tion, n. per′son•a… …   From formal English to slang

  • personate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Date: 1591 1. a. impersonate, represent b. to assume without authority and with fraudulent intent (some character or capacity) 2. to invest with personality or personal characteristics < personating their gods… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • personate — personate1 personation, n. personative, adj. personator, n. /perr seuh nayt /, v., personated, personating. v.t. 1. to act or portray (a character in a play, a part, etc.). 2. to assume the character or appearance of; pass oneself off as …   Universalium

  • personate — verb a) to fraudulently portray another person; to impersonate b) to portray a character (as in a play); to act See Also: personation, personative, personator …   Wiktionary

  • personate — Synonyms and related words: act, act a part, act as, act out, adumbrate, ape, body forth, copy, create a role, demonstrate, depict, do, embody, enact, exemplify, figure, foreshadow, illustrate, image, impersonate, incarnate, masquerade as, mime,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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