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mimic

adjective

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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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mimic

noun

Synonyms of mimic (Entry 2 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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mimic

verb

Synonyms of mimic (Entry 3 of 3)

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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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 mimic was in 1596

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“Mimic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/mimic. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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