AskDefine | Define personate

Dictionary Definition

personate

Verb

1 pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions; "She posed as the Czar's daughter" [syn: pose, impersonate]
2 attribute human qualities to something; "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous" [syn: personify]

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English

Etymology

From personatus

Verb

  1. to fraudulently portray another person; to impersonate
  2. to portray a character (as in a play); to act
  3. to attribute personal characteristics to something; to personify

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

act, act a part, act as, act out, adumbrate, ape, body forth, copy, create a role, demonstrate, depict, do, embody, enact, exemplify, figure, foreshadow, illustrate, image, impersonate, incarnate, masquerade as, mime, mimic, mirror, pantomime, pass for, perform, personify, play, play a part, play a role, play opposite, portray, pose as, prefigure, pretend to be, pretypify, project, realize, reflect, represent, shadow, shadow forth, support, sustain a part, take a part, take off
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