Definition of impersonate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

impersonate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɜːsəneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɜːrsəneɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impersonate
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɜːsəneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɜːrsəneɪt//
 
he / she / it impersonates
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɜːsəneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɜːrsəneɪts//
 
past simple impersonated
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɜːsəneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɜːrsəneɪtɪd//
 
past participle impersonated
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɜːsəneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɜːrsəneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form impersonating
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɜːsəneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɜːrsəneɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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impersonate somebody to pretend to be somebody in order to trick people or to entertain them He was caught trying to impersonate a security guard. They do a pretty good job of impersonating Laurel and Hardy. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘personify’): from in- ‘into’ + Latin persona ‘person’, on the pattern of incorporate.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: impersonate