imitation

noun
im·i·ta·tion | \ˌi-mə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of imitation 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of imitating

2 : something produced as a copy : counterfeit

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

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

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

6 : the assumption of behavior observed in other individuals

imitation

adjective

Definition of imitation (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of imitation in a Sentence

Noun

Children learn by imitation of adults. The restaurant was designed in imitation of a Japanese temple. He did a hilarious imitation of his father. The real diamonds are in a museum. These are just imitations.

Adjective

the stage production uses only imitation diamonds, as real gems would be prohibitively expensive
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Templar imitation is enduringly popular but seldom historically literate. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 That same month, Columbus approved a broad package of regulations to ban bump stocks, make carrying a gun while under disability a misdemeanor, and prohibit brandishing imitation firearms in public, among other items. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Gun rights groups protest Ohio cities' regulations as 'abuse of power'," 22 June 2018 As far as the food, Pacifico fibbed, advertising crab on the menu/menu board but serving imitation crab. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Rodent poop in a fruit bowl, near soup, on shelves. These restaurants are in deep ...," 7 June 2018 Try the steamed shrimp version with sushi rice, red onion, spicy motoyaki sauce, avocado, cucumber, seaweed salad, sweet sesame sauce and the imitation crab known as surimi. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here's where to get a poké bowl in Indianapolis, including 5 new restaurants," 31 May 2018 Devoid of their inspiration, Argentina were a pale imitation of themselves and fell behind when Stoichkov raced onto Kostadinov’s pass to score his third of the tournament. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Weeks to Go - Hristo Stoichkov Inspires Bulgaria to the Brink of Glory," 11 May 2018 Kyrgios is back in hot water after he was seen performing an imitation of a lewd act at the change of ends during his Queen’s semi-final loss. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018 Companies have responded with jobs and investment, but all of a sudden the Administration wants to do a Barack Obama imitation and play energy favorites. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Rick Perry’s Obama Imitation," 5 June 2018 The Jersey Shore sky did a passable imitation of the ocean beneath late Sunday, creating quite a celestial show. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "A spectacular 'bore:' Rare cloud formation visits Jersey Shore," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of imitation

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imitation

Noun

Middle English ymytacyoun "emulation," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French imitacion, borrowed from Latin imitātiōn-, imitātiō "action of copying, copy," from imitārī "to follow as a pattern, imitate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

Adjective

from attributive use of imitation entry 1

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Phrases Related to imitation

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The first known use of imitation was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for imitation

imitation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of imitation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of copying or imitating someone or something

: something that is made or produced as a copy

imitation

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of imitation (Entry 2 of 2)

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

imitation

noun
im·i·ta·tion | \ˌi-mə-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of imitation

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : copy entry 1 sense 1 These diamonds are just imitations.

imitation

adjective

Kids Definition of imitation (Entry 2 of 2)

: made to look like something else and especially something valuable imitation pearls

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