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Verb: personate  'pur-su,neyt
  1. Pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions
    "She personated as the Czar's daughter";
    - pose, impersonate
  2. Attribute human qualities to something
    "The Greeks personated their gods ridiculous";
    - personify

Derived forms: personates, personated, personating

Type of: ascribe, assign, attribute, betray, deceive, impute, lead astray