verb[with object] formal
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.
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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.
Definition of personate in:
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