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 Not so on Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the start of this weak imitation of a major championship. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Masters free live streams (11/12/2020): How to watch first round, TV options, tee times | Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau," 12 Nov. 2020 Not so on Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the start of this weak imitation of a major championship. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, "Column: A Masters unlike any other — and one we didn't need," 11 Nov. 2020 Assuming imitation is a great form of flattery, enjoy this homage to two late greats. TheWeek, "Watch SNL's Sean Connery torment SNL's Alex Trebek for 9 bittersweet minutes," 9 Nov. 2020 Dotting the roads, workers built dozens of imitation automobiles from wooden frames clad in fabric. Cory Graff, Popular Mechanics, "How Hollywood Set Designers Hid America’s WWII Aircraft Factories," 8 Nov. 2020 This fly is a minnow imitation with synthetic wings that will catch steelhead in any stretch of a Great Lakes trib. Andrew Pegman, Field & Stream, "12 Hot Fly Patterns for Great Lakes Steelhead," 2 Sep. 2020 Impossible Foods’s imitation beef has gone on sale in 200 supermarkets across Hong Kong and Singapore, marking its first expansion into non-U.S. grocery stores. David Meyer, Fortune, "COVID-19’s hit on holiday spending," 20 Oct. 2020 His successors styled their locks and shaved their beards in imitation of this ageless Alexander. James Romm, WSJ, "‘Philip and Alexander’ Review: A Conqueror’s Patrimony," 9 Oct. 2020 One of the central challenges of cultural evolution is how to balance imitation and innovation. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "Innovation Relies on Imitation," 1 Oct. 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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Last Updated

15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Imitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imitation. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for imitation

imitation

noun
How to pronounce imitation (audio)

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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