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

 

masquerade

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌmæskəˈreɪd//
 
, also BrE//ˌmɑːskəˈreɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæskəˈreɪd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they masquerade
BrE BrE//ˌmæskəˈreɪd//
 
, also BrE//ˌmɑːskəˈreɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæskəˈreɪd//
 
he / she / it masquerades
BrE BrE//ˌmæskəˈreɪdz//
 
, BrE//ˌmɑːskəˈreɪdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæskəˈreɪdz//
 
past simple masqueraded
BrE BrE//ˌmæskəˈreɪdɪd//
 
, BrE//ˌmɑːskəˈreɪdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæskəˈreɪdɪd//
 
past participle masqueraded
BrE BrE//ˌmæskəˈreɪdɪd//
 
, BrE//ˌmɑːskəˈreɪdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæskəˈreɪdɪd//
 
-ing form masquerading
BrE BrE//ˌmæskəˈreɪdɪŋ//
 
, BrE//ˌmɑːskəˈreɪdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæskəˈreɪdɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] masquerade as something to pretend to be something that you are not commercial advertisers masquerading as private individuals The local paper is full of gossip masquerading as news. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French mascarade, from Italian mascherata, from maschera ‘mask’.
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