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Impersonate   /ɪmpˈərsənˌeɪt/   Listen

(past & past part. impersonated; pres. part. impersonating)
Assume or act the character of.  Synonym: portray.  "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
Represent another person with comic intentions.
Pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions.  Synonyms: personate, pose.

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"Impersonate" Quotes from Famous Books

... strict confinement in the Tower, where the luckless Warwick had been kept a prisoner for thirteen years. The son of Clarence, still little more than a boy, was the only figure-head left for Yorkist malcontents. Another attempt to impersonate him by a youth named Ralph Wilford was nipped in the bud at the beginning of 1499; but Henry's nerve seems to have been seriously shaken by it, and probably he now began to make up his mind to get ...
— England Under the Tudors • Arthur D. Innes

... was actually deceived when we brought the two together, as a test," he went on. "Preston is a genius. He doesn't merely 'make up' to look like someone else; he doesn't, when he is made up, just impersonate the character; for the time he is the man, he 'feels like him,' he says, he shares his views, he becomes his other ego. He has the advantage in this case of knowing Cranmere well, and he has, in consequence, excelled himself to-night. The ...
— The Four Faces - A Mystery • William le Queux

Words linked to "Impersonate" :   persona, represent, lead astray, impersonator, deceive, performing arts, betray, masquerade, mock, impersonation, play, act

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