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1 to use (someone or something) as the model for one's speech, mannerisms, or behavior
  • teenage musicians who imitate whichever rock stars are hot

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2 to copy or exaggerate (someone or something) in order to make fun of
  • imitating someone's stutter and laughing at them is a cruel thing to do

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3 to make an exact likeness of
  • a second-rate artist who was notorious for imitating the works of other painters

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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 imitate was in 1534

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“Imitate.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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