replicate

verb
rep·​li·​cate | \ˈre-plə-ˌkāt \
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 \

Definition of replicate (Entry 2 of 3)

replicate

noun
rep·​li·​cate | \ˈre-plə-kət \

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

Constructing a museum to house indoor galleries, in conjunction with open-air displays and replicated features in the plaza. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Four proposed changes to Alamo Plaza likely to stir most debate," 16 June 2018 These games attempted to replicate the frantic fun of a real-life table. Steven T. Wright, Ars Technica, "Life in (virtual) pit lane: The war stories of video game car design," 28 Apr. 2018 Another study, published in Science, which attempted to replicate 18 economics experiments, failed for seven of them. The Economist, "Many results in microeconomics are shaky," 26 Apr. 2018 Attempting to replicate human judgment is no easy task, and an MTurk worker's responses to YouTube's questions can't help but be subjective. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "A Window Into How YouTube Trains AI To Moderate Videos," 22 Mar. 2018 Tyson has also backed Beyond Meat, which is attempting to replicate the taste of meat with plants. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Tyson Foods Has Invested in a Startup That Aims to Eradicate Animal Meat," 29 Jan. 2018 The squat monstrosity had a spring-lever arm to launch clay disks, replicating a bird’s flight. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Even in this catastrophe, the police and firefighters operated on separate radio frequencies, replicating the laddish rivalries that prevailed after a 1993 bombing at the trade center. New York Times, "The Last 9/11 Fire Chief Bows Out," 10 July 2018 In pivoting away from Gingrich and toward bipartisan deals, Bush had been replicating some of his biggest successes from his first term. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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The first known use of replicate was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for replicate

replicate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of replicate

: to repeat or copy (something) exactly

replicate

verb
rep·​li·​cate | \ˈrep-lə-ˌkāt \
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 \

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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