mimic

noun
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

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\ ˈmi-​mikt How to pronounce mimicked (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

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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

His images suggest less the efforts of a mimic than the bliss of someone who has at last unleashed his brawling alter egos. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Photographer’s Elaborate Transformations in His Childhood Bedroom," 18 July 2019 Casiraghi's dress mimics that design, but with even more delicate details. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Charlotte Casiraghi, Grace Kelly's Granddaughter, Holds a Second Wedding in the South of France," 1 July 2019 The infected imitations, meanwhile, desire a helicopter full of mimics but must include at least one clean team member. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Who Goes There?: The Thing returns to the tabletop," 18 Aug. 2018 Here, divers can find the rare mimic octopus as well as a vast number of beautiful turtles and colorful fish with wall diving. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Real-time ray tracing mimics how light behaves in the real world by mapping out rays that originate from 3D illumination sources in a scene. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "RTX on! Battlefield V becomes the first game to support DXR real-time ray tracing," 14 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Among a series of items the company offers that mimic pasta (a ravioli spoon rest; a penne garlic peeler) are the handy Mafaldine elastic silicone bands. BostonGlobe.com, "The most useful pasta you’ll ever have," 11 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With wood shake siding painted red on the lower walls and Tudorlike stucco and trim mimicking wattle and daub in the gables, the house also features an exaggerated, fairytale roofline. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Historic Tobin Hill home renovation paired wheelchair accessibility with preservation," 6 Aug. 2019 The police quipped about waking Timpa up for school and mimicked his incoherent speech. Cary Aspinwall, Dallas News, "Police responded to his 911 call for help. He died. What happened to Tony Timpa?," 2 Aug. 2019 Another branch involves mimicking the behavior of traditional neurons: many small units communicating in bursts of activity called spikes, and keeping track of the history of past activity. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "One chip to rule them all: It natively runs all types of AI software," 31 July 2019 Some sources suggest sour cream, but buttermilk more closely mimics whey’s tart, tangy flavor. 1. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "Middle Eastern dips and spreads to bump hummus off your summer menu," 26 July 2019 For example, mimicking swarming by transferring a queen and some workers to a new hive means a smaller colony and less honey for a while. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Breeders toughen up bees to resist deadly mites," 25 July 2019 Guests sipped their beer and swayed a little — the way one does when watching a slow dance, unconsciously mimicking the movement of other bodies — as Chris Nalley led his mom on the floor. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019 As parrots go, one mimicking England's best striker would be quite something! SI.com, "Troy Parrott: 5 Things to Know About Tottenham's Latest Prospect," 22 July 2019 Last September, Lopez escaped a tight situation against the Dodgers and mimicked a celebration by Manny Machado on his way off the field. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta to get MRI on balky right shoulder," 4 July 2019

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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

Adjective, Noun, and Verb

Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mime

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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 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.

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 How to pronounce mimic (audio) \

Medical Definition of mimic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that mimics a mimic of a naturally occurring hormone
mimicked\ -​ikt How to pronounce mimicked (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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