replicate

verb
rep·​li·​cate | \ ˈre-plə-ˌkāt How to pronounce replicate (audio) \
replicated; replicating

Definition of replicate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: duplicate, repeat replicate a statistical experiment replicated his mentor's writing style

intransitive verb

: to undergo replication : produce a replica of itself virus particles replicating in cells

replicate

adjective
rep·​li·​cate | \ ˈre-plə-kət How to pronounce replicate (audio) \

Definition of replicate (Entry 2 of 3)

replicate

noun
rep·​li·​cate | \ ˈre-plə-kət How to pronounce replicate (audio) \

Definition of replicate (Entry 3 of 3)

: one of several identical experiments, procedures, or samples

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Synonyms & Antonyms for replicate

Synonyms: Verb

clone, copy, copycat, duplicate, imitate, reduplicate, render, reproduce

Antonyms: Verb

originate

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Examples of replicate in a Sentence

Verb

They are working on computer-generated speech that replicates the human voice. DNA replicates itself in the cell nucleus. DNA replicates in the cell nucleus.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2004, the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years, an achievement replicated three times since (2007, 2013, 2018). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Democratic National Convention has been a harbinger of great sports success for its host city. Is Milwaukee next?," 12 July 2019 The situations can then be virtually replicated and standardized for hundreds of employees, eliminating bias while placing employees in positions that best fit their skill sets. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Walmart uses virtual reality to test new store managers," 8 July 2019 There is a large aquarium with shallow water to breed the toads in, replicating a shallow pond or puddle, according to Reinartz. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Como Zoo tries to bring rare toad species back to the wild," 5 July 2019 The release point and array of pitches of any pitcher in baseball can be replicated through the goggles, as can the backdrop of any stadium. Jack Harris, latimes.com, "Virtual reality goggles help Dodgers' Corey Seager see through injury rehab," 3 July 2019 Iraq’s airports also replicate the plethora of checkpoints that punctuate its roads. The Economist, "How airports explain the Arab world," 29 June 2019 It has been replicated in about 300 other places over the years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Stand Down kicks off weekend of help for homeless vets," 28 June 2019 Company officials have looked into moving production to Malaysia and Thailand, but factories there couldn’t replicate their technology, said Chief Commercial Officer Robert Gaither. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, "Medical-Supplies Companies Object to Proposed New Tariffs," 26 June 2019 The research replicated and expanded a popular — and widely debated — 1997 study that many state legislatures have used to adopt right-to-carry laws. The Courier-Journal, "You no longer need a permit for concealed carry. What that means for gun-loving Kentucky," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Having their starting staff replicate its recent success could wind up being the greatest challenge for a Giants club that owns the seventh-best ERA (4.00) since June 1. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "What will it take for the Giants to keep this hot streak going?," 17 July 2019 Four billion years ago or so, basic chemical building blocks gave rise to longer polymers that had a capacity to self-replicate and to perform functions essential to life: namely, storing information and catalyzing chemical reactions. Quanta Magazine, "Life’s First Molecule Was Protein, Not RNA, New Model Suggests," 2 Nov. 2017 In Blade Runner 2049, Leto plays Niander Wallace, a replicate android creator in the dystopian society. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Jared Leto's Method Acting: How the Oscar Winner Went Blind for Entire Shoot of Blade Runner Sequel," 7 Sep. 2017 The theory goes that the original proto-life was made of individual RNA strands that held genetic information and could self-replicate. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Boron Found on Mars Is a Crucial Building Block For Life," 7 Sep. 2017 The bacteria self-replicate, so all that's required is a giant tank of water and cadmium to be placed in the sun. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Cyborg Bacteria Could Turn CO2 Into Fuel," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of replicate

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1915, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for replicate

Verb

Middle English, from Late Latin replicatus, past participle of replicare

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More Definitions for replicate

replicate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of replicate

formal : to repeat or copy (something) exactly

replicate

verb
rep·​li·​cate | \ ˈrep-lə-ˌkāt How to pronounce replicate (audio) \
replicated; replicating

Medical Definition of replicate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to repeat or duplicate (as an experiment)

intransitive verb

: to undergo replication : produce a replica of itself virus particles replicating in cells

replicate

noun
rep·​li·​cate | \ -li-kət How to pronounce replicate (audio) \

Medical Definition of replicate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one of several identical experiments, procedures, or samples
2 : something (as a gene, DNA, or a cell) produced by replication

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