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imitate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of imitate

  1. 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 Synonyms ape, copy, copycat, emulate, mime, mimic Related Words ditto, echo, reecho, repeat; burlesque, caricature, lampoon, mock, parody, travesty; impersonate, perform, play; pantomime

  2. 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 Synonyms burlesque, caricature, do, mimic, mock, parody, send up, spoof, travestyRelated Words lampoon, pasquinade, satirize; deride, gibe (or jibe), ridicule; ape, copycat, monkey, parrot; duplicate, emulate, replicate, reproduce; act, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, feign, pretend, sham, simulate; elaborate, embellish, embroider, exaggerate, magnify, pad, play up, stretch; amplify, enhance, enlarge (on or upon), expand, flesh (out), overdraw, overstate, put on; mime, pantomime; impersonate, perform, personate, play

  3. 3 to make an exact likeness of a second-rate artist who was notorious for imitating the works of other painters Synonyms clone, copycat, duplicate, copy, reduplicate, render, replicate, reproduceRelated Words counterfeit, fake, forge, knock off, rip off; mimic, simulate; reconstruct, re-createNear Antonyms create, imagine, initiate, inventAntonyms originate


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