personate


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

per·son·ate 1

 (pûr′sə-nāt′)
tr.v. per·son·at·ed, per·son·at·ing, per·son·ates
1. To play the role or portray the part of (a character).
2. To assume the character or appearance of, especially fraudulently; impersonate.

[Late Latin persōnāre, persōnāt-, to bear the character of, represent, from Latin persōna, person; see person.]

per′son·a′tion n.
per′son·a′tive adj.
per′son·a′tor n.

per·son·ate 2

 (pûr′sə-nĭt)
adj. Botany
Having two lips, with the throat closed by a prominent palate. Used of a corolla, such as that of the snapdragon.

[Latin persōnātus, masked, from persōna, mask; see person.]

personate

(ˈpɜːsəˌneɪt)
vb (tr)
1. (Theatre) to act the part of (a character in a play); portray
2. a less common word for personify
3. (Law) criminal law to assume the identity of (another person) with intent to deceive
ˌpersonˈation n
ˈpersonative adj
ˈpersonˌator n

personate

(ˈpɜːsənɪt; -ˌneɪt)
adj
(Botany) (of the corollas of certain flowers) having two lips in the form of a face
[C18: from New Latin persōnātus masked, from Latin persōna; see person]

per•son•ate

(ˈpɜr səˌneɪt)

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.
[1590–1600; v. use of Latin persōnātus personate2]
per`son•a′tion, n.
per′son•a`tive, adj.
per′son•a`tor, n.

personate


Past participle: personated
Gerund: personating

Imperative
personate
personate
Present
I personate
you personate
he/she/it personates
we personate
you personate
they personate
Preterite
I personated
you personated
he/she/it personated
we personated
you personated
they personated
Present Continuous
I am personating
you are personating
he/she/it is personating
we are personating
you are personating
they are personating
Present Perfect
I have personated
you have personated
he/she/it has personated
we have personated
you have personated
they have personated
Past Continuous
I was personating
you were personating
he/she/it was personating
we were personating
you were personating
they were personating
Past Perfect
I had personated
you had personated
he/she/it had personated
we had personated
you had personated
they had personated
Future
I will personate
you will personate
he/she/it will personate
we will personate
you will personate
they will personate
Future Perfect
I will have personated
you will have personated
he/she/it will have personated
we will have personated
you will have personated
they will have personated
Future Continuous
I will be personating
you will be personating
he/she/it will be personating
we will be personating
you will be personating
they will be personating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been personating
you have been personating
he/she/it has been personating
we have been personating
you have been personating
they have been personating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been personating
you will have been personating
he/she/it will have been personating
we will have been personating
you will have been personating
they will have been personating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been personating
you had been personating
he/she/it had been personating
we had been personating
you had been personating
they had been personating
Conditional
I would personate
you would personate
he/she/it would personate
we would personate
you would personate
they would personate
Past Conditional
I would have personated
you would have personated
he/she/it would have personated
we would have personated
you would have personated
they would have personated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.personate - 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"
2.personate - attribute human qualities to something; "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"
ascribe, attribute, impute, assign - attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
Translations

personate

[ˈpɜːsəneɪt] VT (= impersonate) → hacerse pasar por (Theat) → hacer el papel de
References in classic literature ?
It had been agreed that, in their escape, she was to personate the character of a Creole lady, and Emmeline that of her servant.
Brought up, from early life, in connection with the highest society, the language, movements and air of Cassy, were all in agreement with this idea; and she had still enough remaining with her, of a once splendid wardrobe, and sets of jewels, to enable her to personate the thing to advantage.
It was great blasphemy, when the devil said, I will ascend, and be like the highest; but it is greater blasphemy, to personate God, and bring him in saying, I will descend, and be like the prince of darkness; and what is it better, to make the cause of religion to descend, to the cruel and execrable actions of murthering princes, butchery of people, and subversion of states and governments?
He is to aid me in the onslaught, and he and his followers will personate the outlaws, from whom my valorous arm is, after changing my garb, to rescue the lady.
But he, it seems, was so stricken in years, and possibly his memory so weakened by infirmities, that he could give them but little light into their inquiries; and all that could be recollected from him of his brother Will in that station was the faint, general, and almost lost ideas he had of having once seen him act a part in one of his own comedies, wherein being present to personate a decrepit old man, he wore a long beard, and appeared so weak and drooping and unable to walk, that he was forced to be supported and carried by another person to a table, at which he was seated among some company who were eating, and one of them sang a song.
That once known to you, his fellow twin could never personate him and deceive you.
Garambone difende accoratamente il suo operato amministrativo e, soprattutto, lascia trapelare delusione sul piano personate, evidenziando il suo diverso comportamento; non a caso la missiva contiene elementi che poi rifluiranno nel Gazzettino, di cui si e detto.
Cio implica la preparazione di un personate suficiente, composto di chierici e laid, che si consacri in modo prioritario a questo servizio ecclesiale.
Instruction GM16: Personate helper is Personate an anthropomorphic helper robot that guides new learners to become familiar with the system.
Quei medesimi trattatisti che tendono a unificare tutte le regole della condotta personate nella vita sociale, hanno assicurato la loro obbedienza ai detentori del potere, primo fra tutti il bolognese Malvezzi, asceso alla prestigiosissima carica di storiografo ufficiale (e diplomatico) di Filippo IV, e parimenti Tesauro e Accetto.
If he be not all that he pretendeth, give, and under a personate father of a family, think (if thou pleasest) that thou hast relieved an indigent bachelor.
Dickens enabled him to personate with remarkable force the various characters of the story, and with admirable skill to pass rapidly from the hard, unbelieving Scrooge, to trusting and thankful Bob Cratchit, and from the genial fulness of Scrooge's nephew, to the hideous mirth of the party assembled in Old Joe the Ragshopkeeper's parlour".