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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 of imitate ape, copy, copycat, emulate, mime, mimic Words Related to imitate 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 of imitate burlesque, caricature, do, mimic, mock, parody, send up, spoof, travestyWords Related to imitate 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 of imitate clone, copycat, duplicate, copy, reduplicate, render, replicate, reproduceWords Related to imitate counterfeit, fake, forge, knock off, rip off; mimic, simulate; reconstruct, re-createNear Antonyms of imitate create, imagine, initiate, inventAntonyms of imitate originate

Synonym Discussion of imitate

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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