impersonate


impersonate
im·per·son·ate /im-'pər-sə-ˌnāt/ vt -at·ed, -at·ing: to assume (another's or a fictitious identity) without authority and with fraudulent intent
impersonate a police officer
impersonated a public servant by saying he was from the water department
im·per·son·a·tor /-ˌnā-tər/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

impersonate
I verb act a part, act out, act the part of, ape, assume a character, copy, double for, dress as, enact, hominem imitan, imitate, masquerade as, mime, mimic, mirror, parrot, partes horn in is agere, pass for, personate, personify, portray, pose as, pretend to be, represent, represent oneself to be, take the part of associated concepts: fraud, impersonation of a governmental officer II index assume (simulate), copy, feign, mock (imitate), pretend

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • impersonate — [im pʉr′sə nāt΄] vt. impersonated, impersonating 1. Now Rare to represent in the form of a person; personify; embody 2. to act the part of; specif., a) to mimic the appearance, manner, etc. of (a person) for purposes of entertainment b) to… …   English World dictionary

  • Impersonate — Im*per son*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impersonated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impersonating}.] 1. To invest with personality; to endow with the form of a living being. [1913 Webster] 2. To ascribe the qualities of a person to; to personify. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impersonate — (v.) 1620s, to invest with a personality, from assimilated form of L. in into, in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + persona person. Sense of to assume the person or character of is first recorded 1715. Earlier in same sense was personate (1610s). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • impersonate — play, *act Analogous words: imitate, mimic, ape, *copy: simulate, counterfeit, feign (see ASSUME): caricature, burlesque (see under CARICATURE n) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impersonate — [v] pretend to be another act, act a part, act like, act out, ape, assume character, ditto*, do, do an impression of, double as, dress as, enact, fake, imitate, make like*, masquerade as, mimic, mirror, pass oneself off as*, perform, personate,… …   New thesaurus

  • impersonate — ► VERB ▪ pretend to be (another person) for entertainment or fraud. DERIVATIVES impersonation noun impersonator noun. ORIGIN from IN (Cf. ↑in ) + Latin persona person …   English terms dictionary

  • impersonate — UK [ɪmˈpɜː(r)səneɪt] / US [ɪmˈpɜrs(ə)nˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms impersonate : present tense I/you/we/they impersonate he/she/it impersonates present participle impersonating past tense impersonated past participle impersonated 1) to… …   English dictionary

  • impersonate — verb /ɪmˈpɜːsəneɪt/ a) To manifest in corporeal form, or in ones own person or body. The conman managed to impersonate several executives. b) To pretend to be (a different person), to assume the identity of. Syn: embody, personate …   Wiktionary

  • impersonate — im|per|son|ate [ımˈpə:səneıt US ə:r ] v [T] 1.) to pretend to be someone else by copying their appearance, voice, and behaviour, especially in order to deceive people ▪ Do you know it is a very serious offence to impersonate a police officer? 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • impersonate — [[t]ɪmpɜ͟ː(r)səneɪt[/t]] impersonates, impersonating, impersonated VERB If someone impersonates a person, they pretend to be that person, either to deceive people or to make people laugh. [V n] He was returned to prison in 1977 for impersonating… …   English dictionary


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