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IMPERSONATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impersonate mean? 

IMPERSONATE (verb)
  The verb IMPERSONATE has 3 senses:

1. assume or act the character of
2. represent another person with comic intentions
3. pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions

  Familiarity information: IMPERSONATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPERSONATE (verb)


Sense 1impersonate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assume or act the character of

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

impersonate; portray

Context examples:

She impersonates Madonna / The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man

Hypernyms (to "impersonate" is one way to...):

act; play; represent (play a role or part)

Domain category:

performing arts (arts or skills that require public performance)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2impersonate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Represent another person with comic intentions

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "impersonate" is one way to...):

mock (imitate with mockery and derision)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3impersonate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

personate; impersonate; pose

Context example:

She posed as the Czar's daughter

Hypernyms (to "impersonate" is one way to...):

betray; deceive; lead astray (cause someone to believe an untruth)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "impersonate"):

masquerade (pretend to be someone or something that you are not)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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