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mimic

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noun mim·ic \ˈmi-mik\

Simple Definition of mimic

  • : a person who copies the behavior or speech of other people : a person who mimics other people; also : an animal that naturally looks like something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mimic

  1. 1 :  mime 2

  2. 2 :  one that mimics

Examples of mimic in a sentence

  1. <a gifted mimic who can do a terrific imitation of anyone's voice>

  2. <a mimic in black clothes and white facial makeup>



1596

First Known Use of mimic

1596

Other Performing Arts Terms


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mimic

adjective mim·ic

Definition of mimic

  1. 1 a :  imitative b :  imitation, mock <a mimic battle>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to mime or mimicry



Examples of mimic in a sentence

  1. <police were concerned that the mimic gun, although intended only as a toy, might be confused with the real thing in certain situations>

  2. <a mimic battle fought by kids playing around in the schoolyard>



Origin and Etymology of mimic

Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mime


First Known Use: 1625

Other Performing Arts Terms


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mimic

verb mim·ic

Simple Definition of mimic

  • : to copy (someone or someone's behavior or speech) especially for humor

  • : to create the appearance or effect of (something)

  • : to naturally look like (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mimic

mimicked

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mimicking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to imitate closely :  ape

  3. 2 :  to ridicule by imitation

  4. 3 :  simulate

  5. 4 :  to resemble by biological mimicry

Examples of mimic in a sentence

  1. She has a talent for mimicking famous actresses.

  2. The lamp mimics natural sunlight.

  3. a butterfly that mimics a leaf



1671

First Known Use of mimic

1671

Synonym Discussion of mimic

copy, imitate, mimic, ape, mock mean to make something so that it resembles an existing thing. copy suggests duplicating an original as nearly as possible <copied the painting and sold the fake as an original>. imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation <imitate a poet's style>. mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation <pupils mimicking their teacher>. ape may suggest presumptuous, slavish, or inept imitating of a superior original <American fashion designers aped their European colleagues>. mock usually implies imitation with derision <mocking a vain man's pompous manner>.

Rhymes with mimic


MIMIC Defined for Kids

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mimic

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noun mim·ic \ˈmi-mik\

Definition of mimic for Students

  1. :  a person or animal that imitates something or someone <Parrots can be excellent mimics of human speech.>




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mimic

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verb mim·ic

Definition of mimic for Students

mimicked

mimicking

  1. 1 :  to imitate very closely <She can mimic her favorite actress.>

  2. 2 :  to make fun of by imitating <Stop mimicking everything I say.>




Medical Dictionary

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mimic

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noun mim·ic \ˈmim-ik\

Medical Definition of mimic

  1. :  one that mimics <a mimic of a naturally occurring hormone>




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transitive verb mim·ic

Medical Definition of mimic

mimicked

\-ikt\play ;

mimicking

  1. :  to imitate or resemble closely: asa:  to imitate the symptoms of <an acute inflammatory process located in the ileocecal region mimics acute appendicitis—Merck Manual>b:  to produce an effect and especially a physiological effect similar to <chemically unrelated to the hormone that it mimicsChemical & Engineering News>





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