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

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

If the goal is to get humans to eat less meat — for their health and the health of the planet — making a burger that simulates the taste and texture of meat is critical in winning converts. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Beyond Meat’s latest plant-based burger is meatier, juicier and a big step closer to beef," 25 June 2019 Kirk Ziegler, a North Shore lifeguard, tells SELF that, to his knowledge, rock running became popular around the 90s as a way for surfers to simulate (and train for) the stress of being held underwater during a wipeout. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried Underwater Rock Running, the Endurance Workout Surfers Swear By," 28 Feb. 2019 Another is to simulate the large personnel movements of a massive reinforcement operation, and to help commanders grapple with the sheer scale of an actual war. Michael O’hanlon, WSJ, "A Better Way to Prepare for War in Korea," 4 Sep. 2018 For example, in circuit quantum electrodynamics, researchers use tiny superconducting circuits to simulate atoms, and then study how these artificial atoms interact with photons. Quanta Magazine, "The End of Theoretical Physics As We Know It," 27 Aug. 2018 Raytracing has to simulate millions of beams of light, and some of that simulation may be wasted, reflected off-screen, or hidden behind something else. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Raytracing explained: Nvidia, Microsoft lead the way in revolutionizing gaming graphics," 20 Aug. 2018 There’s a pretty sophisticated online system that exists that simulates these types of history competitions, and the questions are user-generated by the whole (virtual) community. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Peter Anderson, sponsor of History Bowl and Bee champions at Stevenson High School," 23 May 2018 The show blends whimsical humor with earnest social commentary through outlandish scenarios, like simulating labor pains and checking for prostate cancer in a doctor’s office. Zach Montague, New York Times, "BuzzFeed’s Eugene Lee Yang Mixes Humor With Social Commentary," 19 Apr. 2018 At the same time high schools are having officers fire blanks inside their school to simulate and active shooter so teachers and students can get used to what active gunfire sounds like. Anchorage Daily News, "The grownups need to figure out how to leave the world a better place for future generations," 11 Mar. 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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