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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.]
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.]
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
(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]
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]
Past participle: personated
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|Verb||1.||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"
|2.||personate - attribute human qualities to something; "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"|