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 plaster artisans have replicated the Greek key and other pattern moldings damaged in 1950s building modifications. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s Pratt Central Library emerges from renovation with its beauties intact," 13 Sep. 2019 The gameplay will replicate the atmosphere of a Champions League group stage match during FIFA 20's career mode, which on the demo can be played at the Santiago Bernabéu, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium or Stamford Bridge. SI.com, "EA Release FIFA 20 Demo on PS4, Xbox & Origin," 10 Sep. 2019 With Moore, there was a level of familiarity no other school could replicate. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan football was worth the gamble for transfer DE Mike Danna," 5 Sep. 2019 Had the gender distribution of the submission been replicated, about five films by women would have ended up in competition. Dina Iordanova, Quartz, "Only two of the directors featured at the Venice International Film Festival are women," 4 Sep. 2019 The tree burners of the Amazon are replicating a method responsible for the creation of agricultural societies across Asia and Europe. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "The Amazon fires have a 3,000-year-old parallel in the Indian epic Mahabharata," 30 Aug. 2019 The Amber Room has since been replicated back in Catherine Palace, and visitors today can observe the almost-glowing walls on a tour. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Follow the Ancient Amber Road," 29 Aug. 2019 The look has been replicated by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Keke Palmer. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Aaliyah's family asks for 'respect' after fan is caught adding lipstick to new wax figure," 26 Aug. 2019 Programs like GarageBand on Mac and iOS platforms replicate a traditional recording studio. Wired, "I Tried to Become a Musician Using Apps and a Light-Up Piano," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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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25 Oct 2019

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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
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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