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 simulative (audio) \ 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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Rock running is a good example of functional training, or training that simulates a real-life movement pattern. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried Underwater Rock Running, the Endurance Workout Surfers Swear By," 28 Feb. 2019 Taiwan’s military held an exercise last week that simulated a Chinese airborne assault on a major air base. Washington Post, "US lauds Taiwan ties in dedication of new de-facto embassy," 13 June 2018 The next generation engine, called Phoebus, was designed to test how well the concept actually worked in practice, including simulating a space-like environment for the rocket during experiments. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Might Actually Build a Nuclear-Powered Rocket," 16 Nov. 2018 Capable of simulating hills from -3% grade up to 15%, the bike forces you to shift as its resistance changes and neatly tracks your power and RPMs on a 7-inch LCD console, along with speed, heart rate and distance pedaled. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "5 Total-Body Workout Machines That Put Your Treadmill to Shame," 23 Oct. 2018 It’s used often in real-time scenes because current-generation hardware can’t keep up with the demands of simulating a complex scene in motion for something that requires it (say, a game or 3D animation). Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "‘Ray tracing’ could bring the biggest graphics jump in a decade," 20 Aug. 2018 The missions were 15 days, 105 days and 520 days long, with the last mission simulating the entire trip between Earth and Mars. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Touring Where the Mars-500 'Astronauts' Pretended to Take a Red Planet Journey," 11 July 2018 Unlike an average drone, these particular machines are designed to fly by simulating the flight of a small bird — at least in appearance. Nick Whigham, Fox News, "China looks to bolster surveillance network with birdlike drones," 25 June 2018 By simulating the pressure of hands, the Autopilot Buddy, which costs $199, disables many warnings. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Device That Fools Tesla's Autopilot Is in Government's Crosshairs," 19 June 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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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 simulation (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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