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mimic

noun mim·ic \ ˈmi-mik \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of mimic

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

Examples of mimic in a Sentence

  1. a gifted mimic who can do a terrific imitation of anyone's voice

  2. a mimic in black clothes and white facial makeup

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Origin and Etymology of mimic

see 2mimic

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mimic

adjective

Definition of mimic

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

Examples of mimic in a Sentence

  1. police were concerned that the mimic gun, although intended only as a toy, might be confused with the real thing in certain situations

  2. a mimic battle fought by kids playing around in the schoolyard

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Origin and Etymology of mimic

Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mime

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mimic

verb

Definition of mimic

mimicked play \-mikt\; mimicking
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

Examples of mimic in a Sentence

  1. She has a talent for mimicking famous actresses.

  2. The lamp mimics natural sunlight.

  3. a butterfly that mimics a leaf

Recent Examples of mimic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of mimic

see 2mimic

Synonym Discussion of 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, 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

MIMIC Defined for English Language Learners

mimic

noun

Definition of mimic for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of mimic for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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mimic

noun mim·ic \ ˈmi-mik \

Definition of mimic for Students

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

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mimic

verb

Definition of mimic for Students

mimicked; mimicking
1 : to imitate very closely
  • She can mimic her favorite actress.
2 : to make fun of by imitating
  • Stop mimicking everything I say.

Medical Dictionary

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mimic

noun mim·ic \ ˈmim-ik \

medical Definition of mimic

: one that mimics
  • a mimic of a naturally occurring hormone

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mimic

transitive verb

medical Definition of mimic

mimicked play \-ikt\; mimicking
: to imitate or resemble closely: as
a : to imitate the symptoms of
  • an acute inflammatory process located in the ileocecal region mimics acute appendicitis
  • Merck Manual
b : to produce an effect and especially a physiological effect similar to
  • chemically unrelated to the hormone that it mimics
  • Chemical & Engineering News


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