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im·per·son·ate

 (ĭm-pûr′sə-nāt′)
tr.v. im·per·son·at·ed, im·per·son·at·ing, im·per·son·ates
1. To assume the character or appearance of, especially fraudulently: impersonate a police officer.
2. To imitate the appearance, voice, or manner of; mimic: an entertainer who impersonates celebrities.

im·per′son·a′tion n.
im·per′son·a′tor n.

impersonate

(ɪmˈpɜːsəˌneɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to pretend to be (another person)
2. (Theatre) to imitate the character, mannerisms, etc, of (another person)
3. (Theatre) rare to play the part or character of
4. an archaic word for personify
imˌpersonˈation n
imˈpersonˌator n

im•per•son•ate

(ɪmˈpɜr səˌneɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to assume the character or appearance of; pretend to be.
2. to mimic the voice, mannerisms, etc., of (a person) in order to entertain.
[1710–15]
im•per`son•a′tion, n.
im•per′son•a`tor, n.

impersonate


Past participle: impersonated
Gerund: impersonating

Imperative
impersonate
impersonate
Present
I impersonate
you impersonate
he/she/it impersonates
we impersonate
you impersonate
they impersonate
Preterite
I impersonated
you impersonated
he/she/it impersonated
we impersonated
you impersonated
they impersonated
Present Continuous
I am impersonating
you are impersonating
he/she/it is impersonating
we are impersonating
you are impersonating
they are impersonating
Present Perfect
I have impersonated
you have impersonated
he/she/it has impersonated
we have impersonated
you have impersonated
they have impersonated
Past Continuous
I was impersonating
you were impersonating
he/she/it was impersonating
we were impersonating
you were impersonating
they were impersonating
Past Perfect
I had impersonated
you had impersonated
he/she/it had impersonated
we had impersonated
you had impersonated
they had impersonated
Future
I will impersonate
you will impersonate
he/she/it will impersonate
we will impersonate
you will impersonate
they will impersonate
Future Perfect
I will have impersonated
you will have impersonated
he/she/it will have impersonated
we will have impersonated
you will have impersonated
they will have impersonated
Future Continuous
I will be impersonating
you will be impersonating
he/she/it will be impersonating
we will be impersonating
you will be impersonating
they will be impersonating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been impersonating
you have been impersonating
he/she/it has been impersonating
we have been impersonating
you have been impersonating
they have been impersonating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been impersonating
you will have been impersonating
he/she/it will have been impersonating
we will have been impersonating
you will have been impersonating
they will have been impersonating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been impersonating
you had been impersonating
he/she/it had been impersonating
we had been impersonating
you had been impersonating
they had been impersonating
Conditional
I would impersonate
you would impersonate
he/she/it would impersonate
we would impersonate
you would impersonate
they would impersonate
Past Conditional
I would have impersonated
you would have impersonated
he/she/it would have impersonated
we would have impersonated
you would have impersonated
they would have impersonated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.impersonate - assume or act the character of; "She impersonates Madonna"; "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
act, play, represent - play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master"
2.impersonate - represent another person with comic intentions
mock - imitate with mockery and derision; "The children mocked their handicapped classmate"
3.impersonate - pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions; "She posed as the Czar's daughter"
masquerade - pretend to be someone or something that you are not; "he is masquerading as an expert on the internet"; "This silly novel is masquerading as a serious historical treaty"
deceive, lead astray, betray - cause someone to believe an untruth; "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"

impersonate

verb
1. imitate, pose as (informal), masquerade as, enact, ape, act out, pass yourself off as He was returned to prison for impersonating a police officer.
2. mimic, take off (informal), do (informal), ape, parody, caricature, do an impression of, personate He was a brilliant mimic who could impersonate most of the staff.

impersonate

verb
1. To represent oneself in a given character or as other than what one is:
Idiom: pass oneself off as.
2. To play the part of:
Translations
يَنْتَحِلُ شَخْصِيَّة غَيْرِه
představovatvydávat se
efterlignegive sig ud forspille
megszemélyesít
fara í gervi; herma eftir
atlikti vaidmenįvaidmens atlikimas
atveidottēlotuzdoties
canlandırmakkişilendirmek

impersonate

[ɪmˈpɜːsəneɪt] VThacerse pasar por (Theat) → imitar

impersonate

[ɪmˈpɜːrsəneɪt] vt
(= pretend to be) → se faire passer pour
He was arrested for impersonating an officer → Il a été arrêté pour s'être fait passer pour un officier.
[entertainer] (= mimic) → imiter

impersonate

vt
(= pretend to be)sich ausgeben als
(= take off)imitieren, nachahmen

impersonate

[ɪmˈpɜːsəˌneɪt] vt (person) → fingersi (Theatre) → imitare

impersonate

(imˈpəːsəneit) verb
to copy the behaviour etc of or pretend to be (another person), sometimes in order to deceive. The comedian impersonated the prime minister.
imˌpersoˈnation noun
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With lips compressed and clouded brow, he strode up and down the oaken floor, the very genius and impersonation of asceticism, while the great bell still thundered and clanged above his head.
I stood beside the carriage, and, the window being down, I saw my happy friend fondly encircle his companion's waist with his arm, while she rested her glowing cheek on his shoulder, looking the very impersonation of loving, trusting bliss.