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EtymologyEdit

From im- +‎ person +‎ -ate. Compare incorporate.

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  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɜːsəneɪt/

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impersonate (third-person singular simple present impersonates, present participle impersonating, simple past and past participle impersonated)

  1. (transitive) to pretend to be (a different person); to assume the identity of
    Synonym: personate
    The conman managed to impersonate several executives.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) to manifest in corporeal form; to personify
    Synonym: embody

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