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 As such, everything from the pool’s temperature to its salinity can be controlled to simulate a variety of extreme conditions. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 3 June 2021 For now, the best scientists can do is to use mathematical and physical models to simulate, and therefore predict, what conditions need to be met to trigger a limnic eruption at this location. Robin Andrews, Forbes, 31 May 2021 To properly learn how to fend off sharks, Gutman pulled on 15 pounds of chain mail armor, and then put clothes on top to simulate people finding themselves in such waters after a plane or a boat crash. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 29 May 2021 The company that acquired the planes, Top Aces, has a contract to train U.S. Air Force pilots in air-to-air combat and will use the super-maneuverable F-16 to simulate Russian and Chinese jets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2021 In a new video, researchers from multiple institutions use an incredible tool called STARFORGE (short for Star Formation in Gaseous Environments) to simulate how huge clouds of matter in space eventually form stars. Mike Wehner, BGR, 18 May 2021 That has included hours of practice rounds from former prosecutors chosen by his legal team to simulate the witness stand. Tim Higgins, WSJ, 17 May 2021 As the time approached for the conference, Aaronson said rather than compete from their computers at home or school, the team banded together during the days of the event at a local hotel to simulate the actual experience as much as possible. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 27 Apr. 2021 The idea was to simulate the journey of his lead character, Ruben, a punk metal drummer with sudden severe hearing loss and eventually deafness. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, 23 Nov. 2020

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Simulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simulate. Accessed 12 Jun. 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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