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imitation

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noun im·i·ta·tion \ˌi-mə-ˈtā-shən\

Simple Definition of imitation

  • : the act of copying or imitating someone or something

  • : something that is made or produced as a copy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of imitation

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of imitating

  2. 2 :  something produced as a copy :  counterfeit

  3. 3 :  a literary work designed to reproduce the style of another author

  4. 4 :  the repetition by one voice of a melody, phrase, or motive stated earlier in the composition by a different voice

  5. 5 :  the quality of an object in possessing some of the nature or attributes of a transcendent idea

  6. 6 :  the assumption of behavior observed in other individuals

Examples of imitation in a sentence

  1. Children learn by imitation of adults.

  2. The restaurant was designed in imitation of a Japanese temple.

  3. He did a hilarious imitation of his father.

  4. The real diamonds are in a museum. These are just imitations.



14th Century

First Known Use of imitation

14th century


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imitation

adjective im·i·ta·tion

Simple Definition of imitation

  • : made to look like something that is valuable : not genuine

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of imitation

  1. :  resembling something else that is usually genuine and of better quality :  not real <imitation leather>

Examples of imitation in a sentence

  1. <the stage production uses only imitation diamonds, as real gems would be prohibitively expensive>



1818

First Known Use of imitation

1818

Rhymes with imitation

abdication, aberration, abjuration, abnegation, abrogation, acceptation, acclamation, accusation, activation, adaptation, adjuration, admiration, adoration, adulation, adumbration, affectation, affirmation, aggravation, aggregation, agitation, allegation, allocation, amputation, alteration, altercation, animation, annexation, annotation, appellation, application, approbation, arbitration, arrogation, aspiration, assignation, attestation, augmentation, automation, aviation, avocation, blaxploitation, botheration, calculation, calibration, cancellation, carbonation, castigation, celebration, cerebration, chlorination, circulation, cogitation, collocation, coloration, combination, comfort station, commendation, commutation, compensation, complication, computation, concentration, condemnation, condensation, confirmation, confiscation, conflagration, conformation, confrontation, congregation, conjugation, connotation, consecration, conservation, consolation, constellation, consternation, constipation, consultation, consummation, contemplation, conurbation, conversation, convocation, copulation, coronation, corporation, correlation, corrugation, crenellation, crop rotation, culmination, cultivation, cumulation, cybernation, decimation, declamation, declaration, declination, decoration, dedication, defamation, defecation, deformation, degradation, dehydration, delectation, delegation, demarcation, demonstration, denigration, denotation, depilation, deportation, depravation, depredation, deputation, derivation, derogation, desecration, designation, desolation, desperation, destination, detestation, detonation, devastation, deviation, dislocation, dispensation, disputation, dissertation, dissipation, distillation, divination, domination, education, elevation, elongation, emanation, embarkation, embrocation, emendation, emigration, emulation, enervation, escalation, estimation, evocation, exaltation, excavation, excitation, exclamation, exculpation, execration, exhalation, exhortation, exhumation, expectation, expiation, expiration, explanation, explication, exploitation, exploration, exportation, expurgation, extirpation, exultation, fabrication, fascination, federation, fenestration, fermentation, fibrillation, figuration, filling station, fire station, flagellation, fluoridation, fluctuation, forestation, formulation, fornication, fragmentation, fulmination, fumigation, gene mutation, generation, germination, glaciation, graduation, granulation, gravitation, habitation, hesitation, hibernation, hyphenation, ideation, immigration, immolation, implantation, implication, importation, imprecation, imputation, incantation, incarnation, inclination, incrustation, incubation, indentation, indication, indignation, infestation, infiltration, inflammation, information, inhalation, innovation, inspiration, installation, instigation, insulation, integration, intimation, intonation, inundation, invitation, invocation, irrigation, irritation, iteration, jubilation, laceration, lamentation, lamination, legislation, levitation, liberation, limitation, lineation, liquidation, litigation, lubrication, lucubration, maceration, machination, malformation, masturbation, maturation, mediation, medication, meditation, melioration, menstruation, ministration, mitigation, moderation, modulation, molestation, motivation, mutilation, navigation, nomination, obfuscation, objurgation, obligation, observation, occupation, operation, orchestration, ordination, oscillation, osculation, ostentation, ovulation, oxidation, pagination, palpitation, penetration, percolation, perforation, permeation, permutation, perpetration, perspiration, perturbation, pigmentation, pixilation, police station, pollination, population, postulation, power station, predication, preparation, presentation, preservation, proclamation, procreation, profanation, prolongation, promulgation, propagation, prorogation, protestation, provocation, publication, punctuation, radiation, recantation, recitation, reclamation, re-creation, recreation, reformation, refutation, registration, regulation, rehydration, relaxation, relocation, renovation, reparation, replication, reprobation, reputation, reservation, resignation, respiration, restoration, retardation, revelation, revocation, ruination, rumination, rustication, salutation, sanitation, saturation, segmentation, segregation, separation, sequestration, service station, sexploitation, simulation, situation, speciation, speculation, spoliation, stimulation, stipulation, strangulation, structuration, stylization, subjugation, sublimation, suffocation, syncopation, syndication, tabulation, termination, T formation, titillation, toleration, transfer station, transformation, translocation, transmigration, transmutation, transpiration, transplantation, transportation, trepidation, tribulation, ulceration, ululation, undulation, urination, vaccination, vacillation, validation, valuation, variation, vegetation, veneration, ventilation, vindication, violation, visitation, weather station



IMITATION Defined for Kids

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imitation

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noun im·i·ta·tion \ˌi-mə-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of imitation for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of copying someone or something <She does great imitations of celebrities.>

  2. 2 :  1copy 1 <These diamonds are just imitations.>




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adjective im·i·ta·tion

Definition of imitation for Students

  1. :  made to look like something else and especially something valuable <imitation pearls>





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