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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The discontent over Uber’s practices has erupted just as the company and its fellow gig operators are trying to replicate their Proposition 22 success elsewhere in the U.S. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Some TikTok users, though, get frustrated when the viral fame of one video is hard to replicate with subsequent clips. Georgia Wells, WSJ, 17 Apr. 2021 Scarcity — the quality that gives offline art its value — was hard to replicate online, because anyone who downloaded a file could copy and paste it an infinite number of times, with no loss in quality. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Ratcliffe said elements that are hard to explain in these unreleased sightings include movements that are hard to replicate or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without creating a sonic boom. Dustin Barnes, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2021 The ease and speed with which Wisconsin hunters blew past limits may be hard to replicate in other parts of the country. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021 The sense of freedom felt at this clothing swap is hard to replicate in any other fashion space. Beth Ashley, refinery29.com, 1 Dec. 2020 Some of the rebound in the world’s second-largest economy is due to containment measures that would be hard to replicate or enforce in a democracy — but there are still lessons the United States can learn. NBC News, 19 Oct. 2020 But the vibe that the Sidewalk Film Festival has thrived on for 21 years in Downtown Birmingham will be hard to replicate at a drive-in theater. Ike Morgan | Imorgan@al.com, al, 25 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 This led Del Rosario to create a series of ceramic replicates of consumer products, such as canned food, snacks, and meals on plates. NBC News, 1 Dec. 2019 Barry teamed up with Hidden Potential’s Jasmine Roth and Mike Lookinland (aka Bobby Brady) to create a replicate of their TV father's den. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, 17 Sep. 2019 How does power replicate itself, and how do the already powerful hoard it and pass it on to those who, by virtue of gender and race and social position, remind these powerful men of younger versions of themselves? Jill Filipovic, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2019 The virus forces infected cells to produce viral microRNAs that help the virus replicate. Quanta Magazine, 8 Nov. 2013 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, 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, 2 Nov. 2017 In Blade Runner 2049, Leto plays Niander Wallace, a replicate android creator in the dystopian society. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 7 Sep. 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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Time Traveler for replicate

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

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5 Jun 2021

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“Replicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/replicate. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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