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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In the desert of California, for example, soldiers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment simulate a mechanized enemy, giving the rest of the U.S. Army a realistic training partner for ground combat. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2021 The event’s location was intended to simulate the brutality of traversing the Sonoran Desert in the summer, as migrants do, according to officials. Andrew Favakeh, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2021 The dynamic gameday experience will include new on-field reactions from players to simulate gameday atmosphere and gameday momentum updates like a mechanic for a home field advantage boost. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 Similarly, sophisticated cloud services that make machine learning accessible can support more sophisticated twins that simulate more complicated interactions. Javier Tordable, Forbes, 25 June 2021 More homeowners want to pamper themselves in private spaces that simulate a high-end spa or five-star hotel. Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Linden Ashcroft, a climate scientist at the University of Melbourne, says digitizing past weather records is an urgent priority in order to quantify climate change and test models that simulate the atmosphere. Grant Currin, Wired, 24 June 2021 Beyond facial recognition and drones, the authorities in the United States use gunshot detectors and devices that simulate cell towers to surreptitiously connect to suspects’ phones and determine their location. New York Times, 12 June 2021 The company offers passengers optional flights in aircraft that simulate zero gravity, as well as time in a centrifuge that replicates some of the forces astronauts experience during flight. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 10 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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23 Jul 2021

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“Simulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simulate. Accessed 26 Jul. 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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