simulate

verb
sim·​u·​late | \ ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce simulate (audio) \
simulated; simulating

Definition of simulate

transitive verb

1 : to give or assume the appearance or effect of often with the intent to deceive : imitate
2 : to make a simulation of (something, such as a physical system)

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Other Words from simulate

simulative \ ˈsim-​yə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce simulate (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for simulate

assume, affect, pretend, simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham mean to put on a false or deceptive appearance. assume often implies a justifiable motive rather than an intent to deceive. assumed an air of cheerfulness around the patients affect implies making a false show of possessing, using, or feeling. affected an interest in art pretend implies an overt and sustained false appearance. pretended that nothing had happened simulate suggests a close imitation of the appearance of something. cosmetics that simulate a suntan feign implies more artful invention than pretend, less specific mimicry than simulate. feigned sickness counterfeit implies achieving the highest degree of verisimilitude of any of these words. an actor counterfeiting drunkenness sham implies an obvious falseness that fools only the gullible. shammed a most unconvincing limp

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The zircon, that favorite of home shopping channels, simulates a diamond—more or less. A skilled furrier can dye lower-grade furs to simulate real mink. A skilled actress can simulate a range of emotions from absolute joy to crushing despair. And an apparatus that simulates the hazards of driving while intoxicated is likely to provide some very real benefits.

Examples of simulate in a Sentence

The model will be used to simulate the effects of an earthquake. cosmetics that simulate a suntan
Recent Examples on the Web These were meant to simulate the one-on-one or group meetings typically held in high school guidance offices. Alison Griffin, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The new study, led by Paul Young of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, used models to simulate three scenarios. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 20 Aug. 2021 In the case of surgery, digital twins could be used to simulate procedures not only to predict outcomes but to identify the optimal devices and techniques for a procedure. Ben Alsdurf, STAT, 12 Aug. 2021 The researchers used poles of varying flexibility to simulate tree branches of different diameters and stiffness. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 5 Aug. 2021 In his 1982 paper proposing the devices, the physicist Richard Feynman argued that they could be used to simulate the particles of any imaginable quantum system. Quanta Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 Models used to simulate the evolution of Mars can now be built on the foundations of these ground truths. BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2021 But no one was laughing when it was revealed that deepfake technology was used to simulate Anthony Bourdain’s voice in the new documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain. Anne Quito, Quartz, 18 July 2021 The crowded schedule is meant to simulate the pace of the upcoming World Cup qualifying schedule and test the team. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of simulate

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for simulate

Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare to copy, represent, feign, from similis like — more at same

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The first known use of simulate was in 1652

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“Simulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simulate. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for simulate

simulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of simulate

: to look, feel, or behave like (something)

simulate

transitive verb
sim·​u·​late | \ ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce simulate (audio) \
simulated; simulating

Medical Definition of simulate

: to have or produce a symptomatic resemblance to lesions simulating leprosy

Other Words from simulate

simulation \ ˌsim-​yə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce simulate (audio) \ noun

simulate

transitive verb
sim·​u·​late | \ ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce simulate (audio) \
simulated; simulating

Legal Definition of simulate

in the civil law of Louisiana : to make or carry out in a manner that does not express one's true intent a simulated sale of the debtor's property in which no consideration was paid

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