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

This year's pattern features delicate stars cut into pristine crystal, and has been replicated in glasses, ornaments, and snow globes. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Waterford Crystal Released Their 2019 Pattern For The New Year's Ball," 29 Dec. 2018 With Democratic wins not just in the House, but in Governor's Mansions and state legislatures across the country, the time is now to push for legislation that will allow this female successes to be replicated, in politics and across industries. Jill Filipovic, Marie Claire, "Women Won Big Last Night. Now It's Time to Get to Work," 7 Nov. 2018 Does this mean that a spiritual, often life-changing encounter with death could potentially be replicated with a drug? Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Near-Death Experience...or Psychedelic Trip?," 19 Aug. 2018 But any new analysis should be conducted only with a full independent audit and with publicly available performance data that could be replicated by independent scholars, the researchers said. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Did Flawed Data Lead Track Astray on Testosterone in Women?," 12 July 2018 Both De Keersmaeker and van Hove emphasized their enormous respect and admiration for the original choreography of Robbins, which has been faithfully replicated over the decades. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tony Winner Ivo van Hove to Direct 'West Side Story' on Broadway (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018 Other programs included an educational effort by the Fresno Metropolitan Ministry to engage students and parents in low-income neighborhoods to craft a local plan to reduce air emission that could be replicated by other communities. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$10 million in cap-and-trade dollars awarded for environmental justice programs, including to native tribe in San Diego," 11 July 2018 When the marshmallow experiment was replicated in a group of 135 New York City preschoolers from 1985 to 1989, changes seemed to be afoot. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "The surprising thing the 'marshmallow test' reveals about kids in an instant-gratification world," 26 June 2018 With a haunting score and intimate interviews, The Staircase created a template that’s been widely replicated by series' such as Making a Murderer and The Jinx. refinery29.com, "Everything The Staircase Left Out," 18 June 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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