mim·​ic | \ ˈmi-mik How to pronounce mimic (audio) \

Definition of mimic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



Definition of mimic (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : imitative
b : imitation, mock a mimic battle
2 : of or relating to mime or mimicry


mimicked\ ˈmi-​mikt How to pronounce mimic (audio) \; 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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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, unoriginal, 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sophia is the story of David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics and inventor of Sophia, a robot designed either as a vehicle for artificial intelligence or as a mimic for human intelligence and human behavior. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 June 2022 And Myles Frost, who plays the adult Jackson, is an astonishing mimic. New York Times, 8 June 2022 O’Day heard about a local Florida band whose lead singer, Jesse Gamble (then Jesse Bolt), was a good Presley mimic, and even already owned a blue jumpsuit. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 2 Jan. 2022 Zaza was intelligent, irreverent, an ardent violin player and a great mimic, disobedient at school but conventional at home, passionately devout. Lara Feigel, The New Republic, 26 Nov. 2021 She is said to be a gifted mimic, especially of Putin. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 On my paternal side, Gargar (Marian, my very funny and brilliant mimic of a grandmother) taught me about Scotland and tea leaves from China. Sarah Ferguson, Good Housekeeping, 15 Sep. 2021 Analogy aside, this is how a vaccine does its job: Each inoculation contains a harmless mimic of a pathogen that immune cells memorize. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 13 Aug. 2021 Speaker Vos is a Donald Trump mimic, desperately trying to challenge the legitimacy of an election proven over and over again to be fair. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Too many mimic divisive rhetoric to score cheap points or achieve short-term goals. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 2 June 2022 For a period of time the Cuyahoga was getting healthier, Hothem said, and in 2006 the sewer district caught its first mimic shiners in the river, but in recent years improvements have leveled off overall. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 13 May 2022 Calisthenics tend to be full-body exercises that mimic functional movements like pushing, pulling, and rotation, Delgado-Lugo explains. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 21 May 2022 This spoofing is carried out by transmitters on the ground which mimic satellites and broadcast fake signals to confuse navigation systems. David Hambling, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Monoclonal antibodies are compounds that mimic parts of the immune cells that SARS-CoV-2 infects. Alice Park, Time, 20 Apr. 2022 These can look highly convincing and closely mimic real brands’ websites. Tony Pepper, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 An easy half-mile walk on the wide, sandy Latigo Trail enters the preserve’s far west edge, passing under powerlines that curiously mimic look the long, slender stalks of native ocotillo cactus. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2022 By the end of the century, remixes could range from extended versions that mimic film scores to wacky reproductions that stray far away from the original to basic redos that simply tack on a guest verse. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, 23 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Toppings like marshmallows, candy and cereal are sometimes assembled to mimic cute bear faces, making the frozen treat twice the fun. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 5 Aug. 2022 The young chef incorporated vegetables such as jackfruit and cauliflower to mimic meat proteins like carnitas and chorizo, creating hearty dishes that more than measured up against the real thing. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 25 July 2022 At this size, the centrifugal force achieved through rotation to mimic Earth’s gravity sufficiently requires a full rotation of the living structure every 20 seconds. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2022 For instance, the Q collar was developed around 2016 to mimic how the woodpecker's long tongue can wrap around the head and pinch the jugular vein. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 July 2022 The tape is then connected by a string that is positioned at the back of your head, pulling on skin to mimic a face lift. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 7 July 2022 And finally Watch Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw trigger a version of the wave at Dodger Stadium as fans mimic his signature pre-throw motion. Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2022 For example, traditional financial institutions are reorganizing their tech teams to mimic lean startups. Jeff Winner, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Amazon has already developed voice-synthesizing tech to let Alexa mimic the voices of celebrities, including Shaquille O’Neal and Melissa McCarthy. Todd Spangler, Variety, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mimic


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mimic

Adjective, Noun, and Verb

Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mime

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More Definitions for mimic


mim·​ic | \ ˈmi-mik How to pronounce mimic (audio) \

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.


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.


mim·​ic | \ ˈmim-ik How to pronounce mimic (audio) \

Medical Definition of mimic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that mimics a mimic of a naturally occurring hormone


transitive verb
mimicked\ -​ikt How to pronounce mimic (audio) \; 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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