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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Goff was a gifted mimic, performing in the classroom or on the street corner. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 17 Apr. 2021 Limbaugh was a much more engaging broadcaster, wildly funny at times, a mimic, a deliberate buffoon — an entertainer, for sure. Bill Carter For Cnn Busniess Perspectivies, CNN, 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Attacks like synthetic identity fraud, credential stuffing, and phishing routinely purloin, mimic or otherwise impersonate identity to steal money, gain unauthorized access to systems, hold data for ransom or make fake payments. Aidan Mccarty, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 The transformation of Nicole Kidman into Lucille Ball is subtle, allowing the actor to deliver an in-depth performance — not a mimic — of the comedy legend. Carole Horst, Variety, 11 Dec. 2021 Light and temperature conditions in the coral spawning lab mimic seasons and lunar conditions in Australia, where the coral are from. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Dec. 2021 The mockingbird can sing up to 200 different tunes and mimic artificial sounds like car alarms. Curt Anderson, ajc, 5 Nov. 2021 These devices mimic cell phone towers, logging the identifying information of any phone that connects to them, allowing police to track people by their phone. Sidney Fussell, Wired, 10 Aug. 2021 The state boasts a high-desert terroir of volcanic rock and limestone soils and excellent ripening weather, which some say mimic Burgundy. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Many of these unregulated edibles mimic brands such as Cheetos, Sour Patch Kids or Oreos but may contain high levels of THC or synthetic cannabinoids that may not be safe for consumers, especially children. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2021 But there’s a new label in Copenhagen that is taking this spirit further by creating eco-friendly pieces that physically mimic nature. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 25 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These bioreactors are designed to mimic breasts' physiology. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 The authors cite a human gastric simulator built in 2015 as one potential candidate, especially since it was designed to mimic and study digestion and the transport of food. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2021 Sunrise alarm clocks essentially combine a digital alarm with an artificial light source designed to mimic natural dawn or morning light. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 Monoclonal antibody drugs are designed to mimic natural antibodies produced by the immune system to fight the coronavirus. Jenny Strasburg And Joseph Walker, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 Composed of a mixture of nylon, aluminum, and steel, and equipped with utilities such as drinking water and a radio, the suit is designed to mimic being in the real thing while taking the limitations of being on Earth into account. Jonathan O'callaghan, Wired, 7 Dec. 2021 Researchers draw blood from participants, then analyze data collected from challenging the body's antibodies in test tubes against different SARS-CoV-2 variants or dummies carefully designed to mimic the virus. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2021 The technology is based on more basic machine-learning techniques rather than neural networks, the cutting-edge software designed to loosely mimic how the human brain learns. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2021 Not only does Tesla use the less effective of these two methods, but devices to mimic the input of a driver's hands on a Tesla steering wheel have been sold commercially. John Voelcker, Car and Driver, 25 Sep. 2021

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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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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



English Language Learners Definition of mimic (Entry 3 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)


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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