imitate

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verb im·i·tate \ˈi-mə-ˌtāt\

Definition of imitate

imitated

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imitating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to follow as a pattern, model, or example

  3. 2 :  to be or appear like :  resemble

  4. 3 :  to produce a copy of :  reproduce

  5. 4 :  mimic, counterfeit can imitate his father's booming voice

imitator

play \ˈi-mə-ˌtā-tər\ noun

Examples of imitate in a sentence

  1. Her style has been imitated by many other writers.

  2. He's very good at imitating his father's voice.

  3. She can imitate the calls of many different birds.

Origin and Etymology of imitate

Latin imitatus, past participle of imitari — more at image


First Known Use: 1534

Synonym Discussion of imitate

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.

IMITATE Defined for English Language Learners

imitate

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verb im·i·tate \ˈi-mə-ˌtāt\

Definition of imitate for English Language Learners

  • : to make or do something the same way as (something else)

  • : to do the same thing as (someone)

  • : to copy (someone's or something's behavior, sound, appearance, etc.)


IMITATE Defined for Kids

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verb im·i·tate \ˈi-mə-ˌtāt\

Definition of imitate for Students

imitated

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imitating

  1. 1 :  to follow as a pattern, model, or example He tried to imitate the older boys.

  2. 2 :  to be or appear like :  resemble The vinyl imitates leather.

  3. 3 :  to copy exactly :  mimic She can imitate bird calls.



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