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

Synonyms & Antonyms for replicate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Early in the development process for his tacos de canasta, or basket tacos, chef and co-owner Alfredo Solis tried to replicate the low-tech method that gives the popular street snack its name and identity. Washington Post, 15 June 2022 But unlike other California winemakers in the 1980s who tried to replicate the region’s complex wines — a loose alliance known as the Rhone Rangers — Mr. Thackrey used them simply as an interesting base material to make something sui generis. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 But unlike other California winemakers in the 1980s who tried to replicate the region’s complex wines — a loose alliance known as the Rhone Rangers — Mr. Thackrey used them simply as an interesting base material to make something sui generis. New York Times, 9 June 2022 Increasingly, offices have tried to replicate these types of spaces, adding blond wood tables and Eames chairs, soft lighting, music, plants, and coffee machines. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 26 May 2022 Or that the Russians tried to replicate their earlier attacks but that Ukraine’s digital defenses, which are much stronger now, successfully fended them off. The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2022 Over the past few years, several psychologists and news organizations have tried to replicate the tests. Ernie Suggs, ajc, 8 Feb. 2022 Others dove into passion projects, started coaching up and comers, moved into other lines of work, and even tried to replicate the feeling of being onstage over Zoom with online shows and performances. Wandy Ortiz, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2021 The fast-food chain hopes the creation can replicate the success of its Doritos shells. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 29 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By identifying the structures to which antibodies bind, scientists can then synthesize a replicate of the antigen structure. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Though difficult and a few years away, Aganovic believes that harnessing a microbe's ability to adapt, self-replicate, and repair could make all of this and more possible. Jessica Chia, Allure, 10 Feb. 2022 After all, her 2020 campaign was a hard-to-replicate mix of timing and execution. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Jan. 2022 The state attorneys general allege that some of the replicate snacks containing cannabis exceed even the maximum legal adult serving. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 28 Oct. 2021 Virulent phages, like many other viruses, operate on an invade-replicate-kill program. Ivan Erill, The Conversation, 19 Oct. 2021 The authors find that the 46K version of OAS1 inhibits many other pathogenic viruses that like SARS-CoV-2 replicate within their own double-membrane vesicle concealment, including encephalomyocarditis virus and some other coronaviruses. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 La Marcha Express is a takeout-only replicate of the Berkeley original, while the latter two are new fusion concepts. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 July 2021 Because the stem cells self-replicate, the team has a decent stockpile and can try different methods to see which works best. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 14 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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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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