Synonyms of mimic

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1 to copy or exaggerate (someone or something) in order to make fun of
  • the comedian was famous for mimicking the President's distinctive lisp

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2 to use (someone or something) as the model for one's speech, mannerisms, or behavior
  • began to learn their language by mimicking the sounds they made

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Synonyms & Antonyms of mimic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials
  • police were concerned that the mimic gun, although intended only as a toy, might be confused with the real thing in certain situations

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2 using or marked by the use of something else as a basis or model
  • a mimic battle fought by kids playing around in the schoolyard

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Synonyms of mimic (Entry 3 of 3)

1 a person who imitates another's voice and mannerisms for comic effect
  • a gifted mimic who can do a terrific imitation of anyone's voice

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2 an actor in a story performed silently and entirely by body movements
  • a mimic in black clothes and white facial makeup

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Frequently Asked Questions About mimic

How is the word mimic distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of mimic are ape, copy, imitate, and mock. While all these words mean "to make something so that it resembles an existing thing," mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation.

pupils mimicking their teacher

Where would ape be a reasonable alternative to mimic?

While in some cases nearly identical to mimic, ape may suggest presumptuous, slavish, or inept imitating of a superior original.

American fashion designers aped their European colleagues

When would copy be a good substitute for mimic?

The words copy and mimic can be used in similar contexts, but copy suggests duplicating an original as nearly as possible.

copied the painting and sold the fake as an original

When could imitate be used to replace mimic?

The meanings of imitate and mimic largely overlap; however, imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation.

imitate a poet's style

In what contexts can mock take the place of mimic?

In some situations, the words mock and mimic are roughly equivalent. However, mock usually implies imitation with derision.

mocking a vain man's pompous manner

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The first known use of mimic was in 1596

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“Mimic.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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