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per·son·ate 1

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

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.]
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