mimic

noun
mim·​ic | \ˈmi-mik \

Definition of mimic 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : mime sense 2 She's a talented mimic.

2 : one that mimics

mimic

adjective

Definition of mimic (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : imitative

b : imitation, mock a mimic battle

2 : of or relating to mime or mimicry

mimic

verb
mimicked\ -​mikt \; mimicking

Definition of mimic (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to imitate closely : ape He mimicked her accent.

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

3 : simulate vegetable dishes that mimic meat— Carolone Bates

4 : to resemble by biological mimicry a butterfly that mimics a leaf

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Verb

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

Examples of mimic in a Sentence

Noun

a gifted mimic who can do a terrific imitation of anyone's voice a mimic in black clothes and white facial makeup

Adjective

police were concerned that the mimic gun, although intended only as a toy, might be confused with the real thing in certain situations a mimic battle fought by kids playing around in the schoolyard

Verb

She has a talent for mimicking famous actresses. The lamp mimics natural sunlight. a butterfly that mimics a leaf
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lady Gaga's natural, undone look on the Vogue cover mimics that of her on-screen character in A Star Is Born; and in fact, going makeup-free actually helped her get the role. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Covers the “Vogue” October Issue Wearing $50 of Drugstore Makeup," 11 Sep. 2018 The metal base mimics rattan but keeps the lamp sure-footed. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Stunning Rattan Pieces for Your Home," 22 Jan. 2018 For now his routine roughly mimics that, albeit moved ahead by two days: throwing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and again Friday. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Andrew Luck's head tells his shoulder it's time to throw," 12 June 2018 West's Yeezy Season 2 collection mimics that of the apartment's minimalist walls, geometric lines and barely decorated space. Hannah Beery, Harper's BAZAAR, "Go Inside the Apartment That Inspired Yeezy Season 2," 3 Nov. 2015 The glass bottle mimics the fish’s body, and the balloon represents the swim bladder inside its body. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Floating with a Swim Bladder," 5 July 2018 The configuration of beams mimics Purdue HQ’s modernist architectural design. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Gallery Owner Says Opioid Exhibit, Protest At Purdue Just The Beginning Of 'Spoon Movement'," 26 June 2018 Presentation mimics aesthetic here and a white rectangular plate was soon set before me, featuring six plump dumplings lined up neatly with a small dish of ginger soy vinaigrette at the head. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Try one of these top 13 best-reviewed Louisville restaurants of 2018," 15 June 2018 One player has to hunt down five others, all of which are mimics with the power to disguise themselves as random objects. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Everything Bethesda revealed at E3: Fallout 76, Doom Eternal, Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield, more," 10 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In some cases, suspected Chinese breaches appear to have resulted in copycat technologies, such as the drones China has produced that mimic U.S. unmanned aircraft. Washington Post, "China hacked a Navy contractor and secured a trove of highly sensitive data on submarine warfare," 8 June 2018 In some cases, suspected Chinese breaches appear to have resulted in copycat technologies, such as the drones China has produced that mimic U.S. unmanned aircraft. chicagotribune.com, "China hacked Navy contractor, secured trove of sensitive data on submarine warfare," 8 June 2018 In some cases, suspected Chinese breaches appear to have resulted in copycat technologies, such as the drones China has produced that mimic U.S. unmanned aircraft. Mark Dent, Anchorage Daily News, "China hacked Navy contractor, secured trove of sensitive data on submarine warfare," 8 June 2018 How could people, wielding tools instead of teeth, mimic nature's most talented builders? Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 Airmen expressed astonishment over the fact that Lindbergh, facing 17 hours of continuous night and day flying, spent 30 minutes engaged in mimic air battle with naval aviators. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 11, 1927: Lindbergh winging his way from San Diego to Paris," 11 May 2018 At the international level sport is frankly mimic warfare. Norman Chad, San Antonio Express-News, "Norman Chad: The Olympics ideal doesn’t exist," 19 Feb. 2018 The devices, often referred to by brand names like Stingray and Hailstorm, mimic cell towers, forcing nearby phones to connect to them, thereby allowing everyone within a certain proximity to be tracked. Orange County Register, "House Oversight Committee tackles spying policies," 20 Jan. 2017 New innovations include down fills that mimic featherbeds and visco-elastic memory fills that respond to body temperatures and shapes, providing added support. Carla Jordan, ELLE Decor, "Bedding 101," 10 Nov. 2008

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Gerrard used gaming technology to create a virtual world that mimics the positions of the sun, in real time, over the Solar Reserve site during the course of a year. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "LACMA debuts its 'Solar Reserve,' a digital sculpture addressing energy conservation," 12 July 2018 The new protections will largely mimic those previously available only through standalone apps such as one called Oversight, developed by security researcher Patrick Wardle. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A host of new security enhancements is coming to iOS and macOS," 5 June 2018 In the context of the prequel, he’s asked to model the cockiness that Han Solo will later mimic. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian Is the Best Part of Solo," 25 May 2018 Performing these moves in a circuit will mimic the muscular and cardio benefits of burpees with a lower risk of injury—and probably a lot less loathing. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Kate Upton’s Trainer Isn’t a Fan of Burpees—Here's Why the Move Is So Controversial," 27 Mar. 2018 The tongues of the shoe will have the PG and PlayStation logos, which will mimic the PS4 by lighting up and pulsating blue just like the console does. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Check out Paul George's insanely cool PlayStation shoe," 24 Jan. 2018 The village, Korongee, will be built in Tasmania and will mimic a real small town community. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Small Town-Inspired "Dementia Village" Is Being Built to Make Patients Feel More at Home," 21 July 2017 Wielding mostly 16-millimeter film, the director of photography, Ryan Kernaghan, mimics the home movies of the time with flickering ellipses and flares of dazzling, burned-out white. Martin Brennan, New York Times, "Review: Sinfulness and Scares Behind ‘The Devil’s Doorway’," 12 July 2018 Some of Warhol’s shots, particularly those featuring famous friends at clubs and social hotspots, mimic the invasive photos seen in celebrity tabloids. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitized," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of mimic

Noun

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mimic

Noun

see mimic entry 2

Adjective

Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mime

Verb

see mimic entry 2

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mimic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mimic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

mimic

verb

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

: 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

noun
mim·​ic | \ˈmi-mik \

Kids Definition of mimic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mimic

verb
mimicked; mimicking

Kids Definition of mimic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

mimic

noun
mim·​ic | \ˈmim-ik \

Medical Definition of mimic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one that mimics a mimic of a naturally occurring hormone

mimicked\ -​ikt \; mimicking

Medical Definition of mimic (Entry 2 of 2)

: to imitate or resemble closely: as

a : to imitate the symptoms of an acute inflammatory process located in the ileocecal region mimics acute appendicitisMerck 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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