simulate

verb
sim·u·late | \ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt \
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 \ adjective

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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

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Nor how Meizu managed to fit a small but functional fingerprint reader below the screen, even matching it with a proper haptics system to simulate a home button press. Sam Byford, The Verge, "The top 8 Chinese phones," 22 June 2018 An in-studio tornado: The Weather Channel debuted a new technology on Wednesday to simulate a tornado in the studio to walk viewers through safety and shelter protocol. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: EPA loses a tenth of its criminal investigators since Trump's election," 21 June 2018 Because of nuclear test bans, the only legit way to stop worrying and learn to steward the bomb supply is to simulate—on a supercomputer—what’s going on inside. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers. Here's What to Do About It," 4 June 2018 Who knows if the president will ever be able, in highly controlled circumstances, to simulate emotions like sympathy and compassion. Jim Nelson, GQ, "Trump Is Our Nation's Worst Commander-in-Grief," 21 May 2018 In the days since New Jersey got the legal go-ahead to bulk up its coffers with sports betting, the urgent job of the major sports leagues has been to simulate pained acceptance of the inevitability of gambling. Holman Jenkins, WSJ, "Gambling Is Coming, So Get Ready to Hate Sports," 18 May 2018 The general approach of these studies was to simulate today’s climate and a pre-global-warming climate, and to then compare the behavior of hurricanes around Houston. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Hurricane Harvey was fueled by record heat in the Gulf of Mexico," 10 May 2018 In the 1950s the iconic Miller-Urey experiment, which zapped a mixture of water and simple chemicals with electric pulses (to simulate the impact of lightning), demonstrated that amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, are easy to make. Jack Szostak, Scientific American, "How Did Life Begin?," 8 May 2018 And in Central Florida on April 8, 11 people were hurt, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, when thieves used firecrackers at the Florida Mall to simulate gunshots. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fireworks distraction thieves hit jewelry store in Dadeland Mall," 16 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
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 \ noun

simulate

transitive verb
sim·u·late | \ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt \
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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