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 And Monica Geller was baking 22 batches of chocolate chip cookies in an attempt to replicate the secret recipe Phoebe Buffay had inherited from her grandmother, which was lost in a fire. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "An Official Friends Cookbook Is Coming, and We Tried Monica’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe First," 24 June 2020 The progressive wing is hoping that Mr. Bowman can replicate the performance of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), who toppled a senior Democrat in her 2018 race. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Race and Policing: Continuing Coverage," 23 June 2020 Lauren said she's been able to get a consistent routine down after an early adjustment period to the pandemic, but one thing that is hard to replicate is actual on-court basketball against other players. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Fever rookie Lauren Cox: Competitor, inspiration, ready to return basketball," 21 June 2020 Clinton, like Biden, did well with black voters in the Democratic primaries but failed to replicate Obama’s turnout, which helped cost her the election. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign believes it can grow black vote despite protests," 19 June 2020 These versatile sauces could be used as dips, as sauces in gravy, or to replicate our signature bowls. Radhika Khandelwal, Quartz India, "How I pivoted my restaurant in Delhi to survive the Covid-19 crisis," 18 June 2020 Their passion and partnership to replicate Bonton Farms -- potentially on an even grander scale -- fueled the northeast Dallas plan. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Critics cried NIMBY when Lake Highlands rejected homeless housing, but Bonton Village plan looks like a win," 18 June 2020 Fuel demand is on the mend across Asia as nations emerge from coronavirus lockdowns, but most economies in the world’s biggest oil-importing region appear unlikely to replicate China’s rapid recovery. Bloomberg.com, "Asia’s Uneven Oil Demand Recovery Shows Rally Faces Hurdles," 14 June 2020 This means that cells must express all of these proteins for the virus to be able to infiltrate them and hijack their machinery to replicate. Leslie Kay, Scientific American, "Why COVID-19 Makes People Lose Their Sense of Smell," 13 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Hunger on campus: The fight against student food insecurity," 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, "A Very Brady Renovation Made a Major Change to The Brady Bunch House," 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, "In this account of the Kavanaugh hearings, no heroes or villains — just humans," 14 Sep. 2019 The virus forces infected cells to produce viral microRNAs that help the virus replicate. Quanta Magazine, "RNA’s Secret Life Outside the Cell," 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, "What will it take for the Giants to keep this hot streak going?," 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, "Life’s First Molecule Was Protein, Not RNA, New Model Suggests," 2 Nov. 2017 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

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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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Last Updated

28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Replicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/replicate. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for replicate

replicate

verb
How to pronounce replicate (audio)

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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