impersonate

Meaning(s)

1. pretend to be someone else for purposes of entertainment or fraud

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the ability to impersonate someone

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'To impersonate' someone means to pretend to be them. You could impersonate a famous celebrity or politician in order to entertain your friends or you might try to impersonate someone in order to trick someone or to commit a crime, such as fraud. A less formal phrase that means the same thing is 'to take off someone'. You can hear this used in social and professional contexts. 

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  1. She was a talented performer with the ability to impersonate many well-known celebrities.
  2. The fraudster was arrested for impersonating a police officer in an attempt to evade capture.
  3. His impersonation of the teacher had the rest of the class in fits of laughter.

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  1. Supermarkets do a good job of creating own-brand products that serve to impersonate their branded competition.
  2. Customers have reported a phishing website which is impersonating ours in order to steal information.

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