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

Senator Booker, perhaps, who Gutfeld has a great imitation. Fox News, "Kavanaugh grilled on cases during confirmation hearing," 6 Sep. 2018 In the cold of an Antarctic night, the group corners and confronts a mutated imitation of their pal Bennings, its eyes wide and mouth gaping. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Who Goes There?: The Thing returns to the tabletop," 18 Aug. 2018 As far as imitation learning is concerned, a startup called Kindred is helping picker robots learn to manipulate products in fulfillment centers. Matt Simon, WIRED, "A Robot Does the Impossible: Assembling an Ikea Chair Without Having a Meltdown," 18 Apr. 2018 In fashion, there’s a fine line between influence and imitation. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 28 June 2018 That's the real deal, but be warned: There are a lot of imitations floating around. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "How To Spot A Genuine Eames Chair," 25 Sep. 2018 Swimbaits, spoons, shrimp and shrimp imitation lures work best for reds and trout. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida fishing forecast: June 24," 28 June 2018 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

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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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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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