imitation

noun
im·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌi-mə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce imitation (audio) \

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 While not every number was a winner, the vast majority of them hit their marks as needed, and deftly walked the line between imitation and original. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Every Rusical from 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' Ranked Worst to Best," 18 Feb. 2021 Beneath the hovering Muses, the house’s fence rail is coated with a hedge of imitation ivy that was hand-glittered by teams of volunteers. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "The Krewe of Muses joins the Mardi Gras float house craze with this cosmic St. Charles mansion," 1 Feb. 2021 The Free Spirits whiskey also had a spiciness, similar to the Ritual gin and both imitation tequilas. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, "Two Bourbon Enthusiasts Answer The Question: What’s The Best Non-Alcoholic Spirit?," 28 Jan. 2021 Plenty of those albums were Bee Gees records; Dahl used to inhale helium on the air to do a mocking imitation of the band. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "In HBO’s magnificent Bee Gees documentary, broken hearts — and icon status — can finally be mended," 10 Dec. 2020 Specialized light boxes are designed to give off intense light over a flat surface to achieve this imitation. Popular Science, "Can a happy lamp help cure your winter blues?," 24 Jan. 2021 Equally impressive was race caller Larry Collmus, doing his best Frank Mirahmadi imitation, by calling a race that seemed way too close to venture a guess. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Mike Tierney is back with a TV critique," 14 Nov. 2020 The Browns won this game with Rashard Higgins doing his own OBJ imitation, catching all six passes thrown to him for 110 yards. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Can you believe how the Cleveland Browns and Baker Mayfield pulled out this victory??!!!– Terry Pluto," 25 Oct. 2020 Kapitany earned his PhD in developmental psychology, focusing on how children learn through imitation, and this led to his interest in the role of ritual in shaping beliefs. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: children’s belief in Santa Claus is more nuanced than you think," 25 Dec. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for imitation

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

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25 Feb 2021

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“Imitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imitation. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce imitation (audio) \

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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