simulate

verb sim·u·late \ ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of simulate

simulated; simulating
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)

simulative

play \ˈsim-yə-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of simulate in a Sentence

  1. The model will be used to simulate the effects of an earthquake.

  2. cosmetics that simulate a suntan

Recent Examples of simulate from the Web

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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.

Origin and Etymology of simulate

Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare to copy, represent, feign, from similis like — more at same

Synonym Discussion of 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

SIMULATE Defined for English Language Learners

simulate

verb

Definition of simulate for English Language Learners

  • : to look, feel, or behave like (something)


Medical Dictionary

simulate

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

medical Definition of simulate

simulated; simulating
: to have or produce a symptomatic resemblance to
  • lesions simulating leprosy

simulation

play \ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

Law Dictionary

simulate

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

legal Definition of simulate

simulated; simulating
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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