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noun mim·ic \ˈmi-mik\

Definition of mimic

  1. 1 :  mime 2 <She's a talented mimic.>

  2. 2 :  one that mimics

Examples of mimic in a sentence

  1. <a gifted mimic who can do a terrific imitation of anyone's voice>

  2. <a mimic in black clothes and white facial makeup>

Origin and Etymology of mimic

see 2mimic


First Known Use: 1596

Other Performing Arts Terms


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adjective mim·ic

Definition of mimic

  1. 1a :  imitativeb :  imitation, mock <a mimic battle>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to mime or mimicry

Examples of mimic in a sentence

  1. <police were concerned that the mimic gun, although intended only as a toy, might be confused with the real thing in certain situations>

  2. <a mimic battle fought by kids playing around in the schoolyard>

Origin and Etymology of mimic

Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mime


First Known Use: 1598

Other Performing Arts Terms


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verb mim·ic

Definition of mimic

mimicked

play \-mikt\;

mimicking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to imitate closely :  ape <He mimicked her accent.>

  3. 2 :  to ridicule by imitation <The comic mimicked the president's mannerisms.>

  4. 3 :  simulate <vegetable dishes that mimic meat — Carolone Bates>

  5. 4 :  to resemble by biological mimicry <a butterfly that mimics a leaf>

Examples of mimic in a sentence

  1. She has a talent for mimicking famous actresses.

  2. The lamp mimics natural sunlight.

  3. a butterfly that mimics a leaf

Origin and Etymology of mimic

see 2mimic


First Known Use: 1671

Synonym Discussion of mimic

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>.

MIMIC Defined for English Language Learners

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noun mim·ic \ˈmi-mik\

Definition of mimic for English Language Learners

  • : a person who copies the behavior or speech of other people : a person who mimics other people; also : an animal that naturally looks like something else


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verb mim·ic

Definition of mimic for English Language Learners

  • : to copy (someone or someone's behavior or speech) especially for humor

  • : to create the appearance or effect of (something)

  • : to naturally look like (something)


MIMIC Defined for Kids

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noun mim·ic \ˈmi-mik\

Definition of mimic for Students

  1. :  a person or animal that imitates something or someone <Parrots can be excellent mimics of human speech.>


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verb mim·ic

Definition of mimic for Students

mimicked

mimicking

  1. 1 :  to imitate very closely <She can mimic her favorite actress.>

  2. 2 :  to make fun of by imitating <Stop mimicking everything I say.>


Medical Dictionary

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noun mim·ic \ˈmim-ik\

Medical Definition of mimic

  1. :  one that mimics <a mimic of a naturally occurring hormone>


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transitive verb mim·ic

Medical Definition of mimic

mimicked

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mimicking

  1. :  to imitate or resemble closely: asa:  to imitate the symptoms of <an acute inflammatory process located in the ileocecal region mimics acute appendicitis—Merck Manual>b:  to produce an effect and especially a physiological effect similar to <chemically unrelated to the hormone that it mimicsChemical & Engineering News>



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