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to use (someone or something) as the model for one's speech, mannerisms, or behavior
  • was caught aping the substitute teacher's thick accent

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copy, imitate, mimic, ape, mock mean to make something so that it resembles an existing thing. copy suggests duplicating an original as nearly as possible. copied the painting and sold the fake as an original imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation. imitate a poet's style mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation. pupils mimicking their teacher ape may suggest presumptuous, slavish, or inept imitating of a superior original. American fashion designers aped their European colleagues mock usually implies imitation with derision. mocking a vain man's pompous manner

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The first known use of ape was before the 12th century

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“Ape.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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