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)

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


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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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 Each of her books, in their own way, refuses to let a deliberately unconscious bias mimic as truth. Haley Mlotek, The New Republic, "Barbara Ehrenreich Still Wants to Be Surprised," 1 June 2020 The move mimics travel bans imposed by many other countries, which China had resisted when the majority of global cases were within its borders. Sybilla Gross, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 5 May 2020 The fund mimics stimulus payments by providing around $1,200 per family. Rebecca Plevin, USA TODAY, "In CA: A call to donate stimulus checks to support undocumented families," 2 May 2020 How China locked down tens of millions of people The measures implemented in Italy and under consideration the U.S. mimic, at least partially, some of the tough decisions China took in its battle against the coronavirus. Amy Gunia, Time, "China’s Draconian Lockdown Is Getting Credit for Slowing Coronavirus. Would It Work Anywhere Else?," 13 Mar. 2020 This kind of test mimics the most challenging conditions a system might face during launch so scientists can identify any weaknesses and help shore them up as development continues. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Rocket Engine's 3D-Printed Thrust Chamber Ace a 'Hot Fire' Test," 20 Mar. 2020 While its architectural style mimics that of the hotel, Uh May is also the grounds for a contemporary art museum, SFER IK, Roth’s own home, and a space to hold artisan workshops for Mayans and visitors alike. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Fantastical World of Art and Hospitality in the Heart of Tulum’s Jungle," 23 Dec. 2019 Given that parrots are superb mimics, could Snowball have been imitating someone outside the frame? Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Humans and Other Dancing Animals," 25 Jan. 2020 Cybersecurity specialists who reviewed a technical report from the Saudi cybersecurity agency said the attack mimics others sponsored by Iran. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Iran blamed for cyberattack against Saudi Arabia," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective So the organizers designed the virus to be a SARS mimic. Gregory Barber, Wired, "A School Ran a Simulation of the Pandemic—Before the Pandemic," 28 Sep. 2020 There's also a chef's kitchen, where Teigen spent time working on her Cravings collection; and two massive, recently redone master closets that mimic designer showrooms. Tim Mcgovern, PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Buy 6-Bedroom, $17.5 Million Beverly Hills Mansion," 24 Sep. 2020 An experiment that heated soil underneath a tropical rainforest to mimic temperatures expected in the coming decades found that hotter soils released 55% more planet-warming carbon dioxide than did nearby unwarmed areas. Gabriel Popkin, Star Tribune, "Global warming may release carbon in tropics," 27 Aug. 2020 There's also a chef's kitchen, where Teigen spends time working on her Cravings collection; and two massive, recently redone master closets that mimic designer showrooms. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Chrissy Teigen & John Legend List L.A. Mansion for $24 Million — See Inside!," 20 Aug. 2020 They were even encouraged by Malone, who continued to fight for calls and mimic defensive stances on the sidelines. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Rockets take down injury-ravaged Nuggets despite Nikola Jokic’s triple-double," 22 Jan. 2020 Xenoestrogens, by definition, mimic natural estrogen; numerous studies have shown a link between exposure to xenoestrogens and decreased reproductive function in both men and women. Tehrene Firman, Redbook, "How to Get Pregnant," 10 Aug. 2017 Should social media closely mimic face-to-face interaction or can less intense forms of communication leave people feeling connected? Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "The Biggest Psychological Experiment in History Is Running Now," 8 June 2020 That raises a new dilemma: Some allergy symptoms, such as coughing, mimic signs of COVID-19. Alexis Shanes, USA TODAY, "How to tell the difference between coronavirus symptoms and allergies," 30 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Monoclonal antibodies are proteins that are manufactured and then delivered into the blood to mimic those produced by a natural immune response. Walid Gellad, Wired, "Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare," 12 Oct. 2020 Some de-icers are made to mimic natural stone, while others may stand out in the pond like a sore thumb. Noelle Ihli, chicagotribune.com, "The best pond de-icer," 10 Oct. 2020 Monoclonal antibodies are made in a lab to mimic the body's natural antibodies. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Eli Lilly requests emergency approval for its Covid-19 antibody treatment," 7 Oct. 2020 Baseball must remain diligent through the playoffs, which after the opening round will be played entirely at neutral sites to mimic the NBA and NHL bubbles that have been so successful at stifling the virus. Paul Newberry, courant.com, "Commentary: No asterisk needed for most unusual baseball season," 25 Sep. 2020 As Moustakas neared home plate, Eugenio Suárez clapped and put his hands over his head to mimic a Moose. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Mike Moustakas rescues Cincinnati Reds with 3-run homer to complete doubleheader sweep," 15 Sep. 2020 For years, analysts and investors have called for Apple to mimic Amazon’s Prime approach. Mark Gurman, Bloomberg.com, "Apple Debuts Subscription Bundles, Its Twist on Amazon Prime," 15 Sep. 2020 That’s when scammers mimic a legitimate source in an attempt to access personal information, often by email. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Eviction problems, student pushback, coastal rental boom: News from around our 50 states," 9 Sep. 2020 Thai Airways, which has been grounded through October, transformed the cafeteria of its own offices in Bangkok into a themed restaurant to mimic the flight experience. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "Thai Airways Opened a Pop-up Restaurant Serving Airplane Food for Grounded Travelers," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of mimic was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Mimic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mimic. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce mimic (audio)

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 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)


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
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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