Definition of impersonate in English:

impersonate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Pretend to be (another person) for entertainment or fraud.

    ‘it's a very serious offence to impersonate a police officer’
    • ‘That prevents the verifying computer from stealing your password and then impersonating you to a third party.’
    • ‘Anyone who gave false information, impersonated someone else or forged a card faced a £100 fine and two years in prison.’
    • ‘He claimed the KGB got revenge by sending one of their spies to Scotland to impersonate him, copying his style of dress, with orders to behave disgracefully to get him into trouble.’
    • ‘In other words, someone impersonates you for whatever reason - usually to obtain goods and services in your name.’
    • ‘Although I had a go at impersonating him, I couldn't really live up to that!’
    • ‘The technology was not designed to keep people from impersonating someone.’
    • ‘Again, I have had absolutely nothing to do with the guy and feel terrible that he's impersonating me.’
    • ‘All afternoon he's successfully impersonated a man who's not hurried, not ruffled, and not full of his own importance.’
    • ‘She cried real tears instead when the landlord walked in just as I was impersonating him though and immediately threw us out onto the street.’
    • ‘However hard he tried to impersonate someone who is happy with his lot in life, disillusionment and disappointment punctuated his every sentence.’
    • ‘He loves the idea of cleverly impersonating someone else in a letter.’
    • ‘One of his main concerns was to ensure no one impersonates him at the November vote; impersonations are not uncommon.’
    • ‘Nor was I amused that someone out there was impersonating me.’
    • ‘If someone was to impersonate him, what does he think they would latch on to?’
    • ‘A great mimic of voice and gesture, he could impersonate anyone: rich, poor, male, female, elder, youth.’
    • ‘She did seem to be a help at first, but pretty soon she started impersonating you and writing checks.’
    • ‘Just over one in ten people owned up to impersonating someone else over email.’
    • ‘The fact that somebody is impersonating you is shocking.’
    • ‘If anyone uses similar handles or tries to impersonate someone in a similar vain I will be forced to take similar action.’
    • ‘We should not trivialise it just because I am impersonating someone.’
    imitate, mimic, do an impression of, ape
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘personify’): from in- ‘into’ + Latin persona ‘person’, on the pattern of incorporate.

Pronunciation

impersonate

/ɪmˈpəːs(ə)neɪt/