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

Instead, Baldwin needs to replicate her 2012 success in historically purple counties that two years ago swung unusually hard from Obama to Trump. USA TODAY, "'Pivot counties' will be key in fight for Senate control," 10 July 2018 The team aims to replicate this success with rhinoceros stem cells. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "‘Beautiful’ embryos created from near-extinct rhinoceros sperm," 4 July 2018 His goal now is to replicate that success over a 16-game season while sharing touches with veteran Frank Gore and rookie Kalen Ballage. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Who needs to step up for the Dolphins to make a run in 2018? ESPN says these five players," 3 July 2018 The pick presents the Republican president with the opportunity—and challenge—of seeking to replicate an early success of his presidency, the nomination and swift confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Both Parties Mobilize for Supreme Court Battle Over Kennedy’s Successor," 28 June 2018 Soyuncu helped guide Freiburg to a seventh-place finish in his first season with the club but the German side weren’t able to replicate that success last season. SI.com, "Arsenal Reportedly Reach Verbal Agreement to Sign €40m Rated Defender Caglar Soyuncu," 27 June 2018 The challenge is how to replicate the Bin’s success: The facility is one of only three in L.A., because efforts to open new locations have faced stiff neighborhood resistance. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What’s Being Done to End L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis," 14 June 2018 The ephemerality that had made Snapchat unique had become popular enough to be cannibalized by other platforms in the hopes of replicating Snapchat’s success. Helena_fitzgerald, The Verge, "The decline of Snapchat and the secret joy of internet ghost towns," 18 May 2018 And a company called Restore has just partnered with Tesla to replicate that success for itself in Belgium. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla’s new battery in Belgium shows value is in dispatch speed," 16 May 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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