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PER'SONATE, v.t. To represent by a fictitious or assumed character so as to pass for the person represented.

1. To represent by action or appearance; to assume the character and act the part of another.

2. To pretend hypocritically. [Little used.]

3. To counterfeit; to feign; as a personated devotion.

4. To resemble.

The lofty cedar personates thee.

5. To make a representation of, as in picture.

6. To describe.

7. To celebrate loudly. [L. persono.] [Not used.]

PER'SONATE, a. [L. persona, a mask.] Masked. A personate corol is irregular and closed by a kind of palate; or ringent, but closed between the lips by the palate.




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PER'SONATE, v.t. To represent by a fictitious or assumed character so as to pass for the person represented.

1. To represent by action or appearance; to assume the character and act the part of another.

2. To pretend hypocritically. [Little used.]

3. To counterfeit; to feign; as a personated devotion.

4. To resemble.

The lofty cedar personates thee.

5. To make a representation of, as in picture.

6. To describe.

7. To celebrate loudly. [L. persono.] [Not used.]

PER'SONATE, a. [L. persona, a mask.] Masked. A personate corol is irregular and closed by a kind of palate; or ringent, but closed between the lips by the palate.


PER'SON-ATE, a. [L. persona, a mask.]

Masked. A personate corol is irregular and closed by a kind of palate; or ringent, but closed between the lips by the palate – Smith. Linnæus.


PER'SON-ATE, v.t.

  1. To represent by a fictitious or assumed character so as to pass for the person represented. – Bacon.
  2. To represent by action or appearance; to assume the character and act the part of another.
  3. To pretend hypocritically. [Little used.] – Swift.
  4. To counterfeit; to feign; as, a personated devotion. – Hammond.
  5. To resemble. The lofty cedar personates thee. – Shak.
  6. To make a representation of as in picture. [Obs.] – Shak.
  7. To describe. [Obs. Shak.]
  8. To celebrate loudly. [L. persono.] [Not used.] – Milton.

Per"son*ate
  1. To celebrate loudly] to extol; to praise.

    [Obs.]

    In fable, hymn, or song so personating
    Their gods ridiculous.
    Milton.

  2. To assume the character of; to represent by a fictitious appearance; to act the part of; hence, to counterfeit; to feign; as, he tried to personate his brother; a personated devotion.

    Hammond.
  3. To play or assume a character.
  4. Having the throat of a bilabiate corolla nearly closed by a projection of the base of the lower lip; masked, as in the flower of the snapdragon.
  5. To set forth in an unreal character; to disguise; to mask.

    [R.] "A personated mate." Milton.
  6. To personify; to typify; to describe.

    Shak.
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Personate

PER'SONATE, verb transitive To represent by a fictitious or assumed character so as to pass for the person represented.

1. To represent by action or appearance; to assume the character and act the part of another.

2. To pretend hypocritically. [Little used.]

3. To counterfeit; to feign; as a personated devotion.

4. To resemble.

The lofty cedar personates thee.

5. To make a representation of, as in picture.

6. To describe.

7. To celebrate loudly. [Latin persono.] [Not used.]

PER'SONATE, adjective [Latin persona, a mask.] Masked. A personate corol is irregular and closed by a kind of palate; or ringent, but closed between the lips by the palate.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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embrace

EMBRA'CE, v.t.

1. To take, clasp or inclose in the arms; to press to the bosom, in token of affection.

Paul called to him the disciples and embraced them. Act.20.

2. To seize eagerly; to lay hold on; to receive or take with willingness that which is offered; as, to embrace the christian religion; to embrace the opportunity of doing a favor.

3. To comprehend; to include or take in; as, natural philosophy embraces many sciences.

4. To comprise; to inclose;to encompass; to contain; to encircle.

Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed,

Between the mountain and the stream embraced.

5. To receive; to admit.

6. To find; to take; to accept.

Fleance--must embrace the fate

Of that dark hour.

7. To have carnal intercourse with.

8. To put on.

9. To attempt to influence a jury corruptly.

EMBRA'CE, v.i. To join in an embrace.

EMBRA'CE, n. Inclosure or clasp with the arms; pressure to the bosom with the arms.

1. Reception of one thing into another.

2. Sexual intercourse; conjugal endearment.

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