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Definition of "personate" [per•son•ate]

  • To play the role or portray the part of (a character); impersonate. (verb-transitive)
  • To endow with personal qualities; personify. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To assume the identity of, with intent to deceive. (verb-transitive)
  • Botany Having two lips, with the throat closed by a prominent palate. Used of a corolla, such as that of the snapdragon. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "personate" in a sentence
  • "The listeners were deprived of seeing and hearing Ben Rogers "personate""
  • "One might at first reject this conjecture on the grounds that several trips to personate at polling stations would exceed annual effort expenditure by Swampees, but this neglects the new Banglamularky postal voting system in which 8 to 10 adult residents at each address are registered in exchange for a tin of superlager, with all that fuss over signing paper taken over by friendly neighbourhood Nulabour worthies."
  • "You have been brought there to personate someone, and the real person is imprisoned in this chamber."