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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb impersonate:


Definition of the verb impersonate

What does impersonate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: impersonated | impersonating | impersonates

  1. assume or act the character of
  2. represent another person with comic intentions
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: mock = imitate with mockery and derision
  3. pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions

Alternative definition of the verb impersonate


  1. [transitive] To manifest in corporeal form, or in one's own person or body.
  2. [transitive] To pretend to be (a different person), to assume the identity of.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for impersonate

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Google previewWriting Secure Code (2002)

by David LeBlanc, Michael Howard

impersonate is a privilege and the account attempting the impersonation might not have the privilege. Refer to Chapter 7, “Running with Least Privilege,” for more information about this privilege. Make sure to check the return value of ...

Google previewThe Careful Writer (1995)

by Theodore M. Bernstein

Since impersonate means to act the role of, Berle will either "impersonate Jerry Biffle" or "act the part of Jerry Biffle." IMPERVIOUS Takes preposition to. IMPLEMENT As a verb, implement means to carry out or furnish with the means for ...

Google previewPhilosophy of the Performing Arts (2011)

by David Davies

The “storyteller” we supposedly impersonate is the person held responsible for constructing the story. Where novels have impersonal third-person narrators - as, for example, in Graham Greene's The Heart of the Matter- the silent reader ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Dictionary (1904)

by William Dwight Whitney

impersonate (im-per'sgn-at), v. t. ; pret. and pp. impersonated, pjpr. impersonating. [< in-2 + personath 1. o invest with personality ; ascribe the qualities of a person to; represent in bodily form; personify; ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2007)

by Graham Gooch, Michael Williams

It is an offence to impersonate a person in order to persuade another person to have sexual intercourse with the impersonator (*rape), to impersonate the holder of a * Crown ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

pose, pretend, dissemble, dissimulate, disguise, pass for, impersonate, simulate, counterfeit, fool, bluff, impersonate, ...

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Paul tries to impersonate a Deer

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Quotes about impersonate

Would you not like to try all sorts of lives - one is so very small - but that is the satisfaction of writing - one can impersonate so many people. (Katherine Mansfield)
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Scrabble value of I1M3P3E1R1S1O1N1A1T1E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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