replicate

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verb

rep·​li·​cate ˈre-plə-ˌkāt How to pronounce replicate (audio)
replicated; replicating

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

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adjective

rep·​li·​cate ˈre-plə-kət How to pronounce replicate (audio)

replicate

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noun

rep·​li·​cate ˈre-plə-kət How to pronounce replicate (audio)
: one of several identical experiments, procedures, or samples

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
Rolling Stone spoke to Parham, director Prentice Penny (Insecure), and Black Twitter veterans on the platform’s impact and how apps like Bluesky, Spill, and Threads have failed to replicate the melanated town square of news analysis and humor. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2024 Model Jasmine Tookes and actress Priyanka Chopra also replicated the classic look on their big days, choosing a more delicate lace that closely resembled the one used in Grace’s dress. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for replicate 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English replecaten "to repeat," borrowed from Latin replicātus, past participle of replicō, replicāre "to turn back on itself, bend back, unroll (a papyrus book), go over (a thought, topic) repeatedly, make a replication" (Late Latin also "to restore, repeat, reply"), from re- re- + -plicāre "to fold, bend" — more at ply entry 3

Adjective

borrowed from Latin replicātus, past participle of replicō, replicāre "to turn back on itself, bend back, unroll (a papyrus book), go over (a thought, topic) repeatedly" (Late Latin also "to restore, repeat, reply") — more at replicate entry 1

Noun

noun derivative of replicate entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1915, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1929, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near replicate

Cite this Entry

“Replicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/replicate. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

replicate

1 of 2 verb
rep·​li·​cate ˈrep-lə-ˌkāt How to pronounce replicate (audio)
replicated; replicating
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2
: to produce one or more exact copies of itself
DNA replicates in the cell nucleus

replicate

2 of 2 noun
rep·​li·​cate ˈrep-li-kət How to pronounce replicate (audio)
: one of several identical experiments, processes, or samples

Medical Definition

replicate

1 of 2 verb
rep·​li·​cate ˈrep-lə-ˌkāt How to pronounce replicate (audio)
replicated; replicating

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

2 of 2 noun
rep·​li·​cate -li-kət How to pronounce replicate (audio)
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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