Definition of personate in English:


Syllabification: per·son·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈpərsəˌnāt


[with object] formal
1Play the part of (a character in a drama).
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  • It had been agreed that, in their escape, she was to personate the character of a Creole lady, and Emmeline that of her servant.
  • Especially since it is so simple: One performer personates Noël; the other, Gertie.
1.1Pretend to be (someone else), especially for fraudulent purposes, such as casting a vote in another person’s name.
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  • He had acted as personating agent for the party at successive elections and was always to the fore at Church gate collections and fund raising events.
  • Now that he has put on Christ, he personates Him, so to speak, as a beggar in borrowed robes represents a king on the stage, walking as he also walked.
  • The clever rogues who had employed him and personated the members of the honourable firm were never traced.


late 16th century: from late Latin personat- 'represented by acting', from Latin persona 'mask' (see person).



Pronunciation: /ˌpərsəˈnāSHən/
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  • Research will have to be carried out on it and we may have to have stricter criteria to wipe out personation at polling booths.
  • The strictest electoral laws in Europe were introduced on the back of false allegations of mass personation.
  • A pay phone situated in the garden has long since lost its dialling tone, so if there's a case of personation he may have difficulty contacting the gardaí.


Pronunciation: /-ˌnātər/
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  • Personators only get extreme in other categories.

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