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

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The method has been tested on lab-grown tumors designed to simulate a tumor in a brain. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Nanoparticles That Zap and Kill Cancer Cells Are a Small Solution to Huge Disease," 9 Jan. 2019 Or Dream Daddy, a 2017 game designed to simulate real-life dating through players’ choices and cocreated by then-19-year-old art student Leighton Gray. Marie Claire, "She's Got Game," 5 Dec. 2018 To find out if this optimization strategy might work more broadly, one of Goldman's graduate students built ant-like robots and programmed them to dig through 3D printed magnetic plastic balls designed to simulate moist soil. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We can learn the secrets of smooth traffic flow by watching fire ants," 20 Aug. 2018 The unit looks like a traditional, free-standing bathtub but is designed to simulate weightlessness with massaging water jets and an adjustable headrest. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Luxury Homeowners Retreat With Sensory-Deprivation Tanks," 25 July 2018 During an acoustic test designed to simulate the noise and vibrations the spacecraft will experience during launch, multiple fasteners came loose, producing more than 60 bits of debris in and on the spacecraft. William Harwood, CBS News, "Launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope delayed again as costs rise," 27 June 2018 In May, the National Center for Atmospheric Research published a study in the Journal of Climate simulating a what-if scenario on 22 recent hurricanes. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence will slow down. That’s a bad thing.," 12 Sep. 2018 So Penelope Umbrico subjects landscapes by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams to Photoshop manipulation simulating light leaks in the cameras that took them. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘New Territory: Landscape Photography Today’ and ‘New Topographics” Review: The Lay of the Photographic Land," 17 July 2018 In a study simulating life in the early Australian colony of Sydney, researchers recorded people walking 4-6 hours each day. Alexandra Hansen, CNN, "Most experts agree: Walking is good exercise," 14 May 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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