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

The memo directs the Treasury to produce a government housing-finance system that roughly replicates what existed before 2008: government backing for the... Peter J. Wallison And Edward J. Pinto, WSJ, "The Coming Trump Housing Crisis," 4 Apr. 2019 His Fall 1997 show featured models in tunics that replicated fitting mannequins, jackets of pattern paper and pieces with basting stitches still in place. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Ghosting—The Fall Fashion Edition," 1 Apr. 2019 The longing to recreate this feeling drove him to experiment and replicate the dish all the way in Houston. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 Which should come as no surprise, because Stryker almost perfectly replicated Bey’s moves. Cady Lang, Time, "Swimmer Who Warmed Up With a Beyonce Dance Won the Race Before It Started," 28 June 2018 What is needed is a way to replicate the incentives that drive most cases between private parties to a reasonable resolution. Alex Kozinski, WSJ, "How a Pointless Lawsuit Took Off," 24 Jan. 2019 While Mars dirt makes the headlines, the UCF process will allow teams to make dirt that replicates what could be found on other planets or even asteroids. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Create Martian Dirt and It's $20 Per Kilo," 1 Oct. 2018 The genes that code for the antigen variants are stored on several plasmids, strands of DNA that can replicate or move around separately from the bacteria's chromosome. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of a devastating European disease," 26 Sep. 2018 Mellon also nurtured local craftspeople, who created the handmade clay pots and the rustic wattle fencing, and established a carpentry workshop that could replicate antique furniture. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 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

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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