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To pretend to be someone else - thesaurus

Synonyms

pose as

to pretend to be a particular person or type of person in order to trick people

mimic

verb

to copy someone’s voice, behaviour, or appearance, especially in order to make people laugh or to make someone feel annoyed or embarrassed

ape

verb

to copy someone, especially the way they behave or speak

impersonate

verb

to pretend to be someone else by copying the way that they look, speak, or behave in order to trick people

parody

verb

to copy someone or something in a way that makes people laugh

masquerade

verb

to pretend to be someone or something that you are not

imitate

verb

to copy someone’s actions, words, or behaviour, often in order to make people laugh

play

verb

to pretend to be someone else while playing

send up

to make someone seem silly by pretending to speak or behave like them

imitation

noun

an act of copying someone’s actions, words, or behaviour, often in order to make people laugh

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do

verb

informal to copy someone’s voice, manner, or way of moving, in order to entertain people

impersonate

verb

to copy the way someone speaks and behaves in order to make people laugh

impersonation

noun

the act of pretending to be someone else in order to trick people

masquerade

noun

an act of pretending to be someone who you are not

mimicry

noun

the action of mimicking someone, or the ability to do this

role-play

noun

an activity in which you pretend to be someone else, especially in order to learn new skills or attitudes

take off

informal to copy the way that someone speaks or behaves, in order to entertain people

under cover

pretending to be someone else in order to find out secret information

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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