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


Definition of the verb personate

What does personate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: personated | personating | personates

  1. pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions
  2. attribute human qualities to something
    • example: The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of personate: personify
    • more generic words: ascribe / assign / attribute / impute = attribute or credit to

Alternative definition of the verb personate


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

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for personate

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Google previewEducational Notes and Queries (1875)

A Medium of Intercommunication for Teachers by William Downs Henkle

To personate is a verb in the infinitive mode, and depends on impostor. Without is a preposition, showing the relation...

To personate is an infinitive, used as a noun, being the real subject of 'is. Without is a preposition ; it shows the relation of ...

Google previewElements of Botany; Or, an Introduction to the Sexual System of Linnæus. To which is Annexed an English Botanical Dictionary. Illustrated by Copper-plates (1802)

by Richard HALL (M.D.)

Corol personate. Calyx coloured (not in our species). Euphrasia. Capsule two- celled. - Corol personate. Anthers lower, with thorns on one lobe. Rhinanthus. Capsule two-celled. Corol personate. Capsule compressed. - - Melampyrum.

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1893)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

So an act which made it penal to personate " any person entitled to vote" would not be violated by personating ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

It has been the constant practice of the Jesuits to send over emissaries, with instructions to personate themselves members of the several sects amongst us. Swift. 4f. To represent by way of similitude ; typify. The lofty cedar, royal Cymbeline, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice (1899)

At Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts

John LPoe did falsely personate Richard Roe, with intent to defraud, and, in such assumed character, received one hundred dollars, intended to have been delivered to the said Richard Roe, against the peace ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary: The Century dictionary (1911)

The flowers are solitary or racemed, two-lipped, strongly personate and spurred, usually yellow, and borne on mostly...

Google previewCentury Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1906)

Including Atlas of the World and Cyclopedia of Names

The flowers are solitary or racemed, two-lipped, strongly personate and spurred, usually yellow, and borne on mostly...

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Scrabble value of P3E1R1S1O1N1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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