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Meaning of PERSONATE

Pronunciation:  'pursunit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  attribute human qualities to something; "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous"
  2. [v]  pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions; "She posed as the Czar's daughter"

PERSONATE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: impersonate, personify, pose
 See Also: ascribe, assign, attribute, betray, deceive, impute, lead astray, masquerade, repute



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Per"son*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Personated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Personating}.] [L. personare to cry out, LL.,
    to extol. See {Person}.]
    To celebrate loudly; to extol; to praise. [Obs.]
          In fable, hymn, or song so personating Their gods
          ridiculous.                              --Milton.
  2. \Per"son*ate\, v. t. [L. personatus masked, assumed,
    fictitious, fr. persona a mask. See {Person}.]
    1. To assume the character of; to represent by a fictitious
       appearance; to act the part of; hence, to counterfeit; to
       feign; as, he tried to personate his brother; a personated
       devotion. --Hammond.
    2. To set forth in an unreal character; to disguise; to mask.
       [R.] ``A personated mate.'' --Milton.
    3. To personify; to typify; to describe. --Shak.
  3. \Per"son*ate\, v. i.
    To play or assume a character.
  4. \Per"son*ate\, a. [L. personatus masked.] (Bot.)
    Having the throat of a bilabiate corolla nearly closed by a
    projection of the base of the lower lip; masked, as in the
    flower of the snapdragon.
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