personate[pʉr′sə nāt′; for adj., -nit, -nāt′]
- to act or play the part of, as in a drama or masquerade; portray
- to personify
- Law to assume the character or identity of with intent to defraud; impersonate
Origin: from Classical Latin personatus, masked from persona: see person
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transitive verb per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing, per·son·ates
- To play the role or portray the part of (a character); impersonate.
- To endow with personal qualities; personify.
- Law To assume the identity of, with intent to deceive.
Origin: Late Latin persōnāre, persōnāt-, to bear the character of, represent, from Latin persōna, person; see person.
- perˌson·aˈtion noun
- perˈson·aˌtive adjective
- perˈson·aˌtor noun
Origin: Latin persōnātus, masked, from persōna, mask; see person.