What does the word personate mean?

Usage examples for personate

  1. If I must personate this seeming villain, Remember 'tis to serve you. – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  2. I forgot myself, and told her that Johnny had hired a man to personate a parson, and that she was not married at all. – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch