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imitate

Synonyms and Antonyms of imitate

1 to use (someone or something) as the model for oneʼs 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 someoneʼs 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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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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