simulate

verb
sim·​u·​late | \ ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce simulate (audio) \
simulated; simulating

Definition of simulate

transitive verb

1 : to give or assume the appearance or effect of often with the intent to deceive : imitate
2 : to make a simulation of (something, such as a physical system)

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Other Words from simulate

simulative \ ˈsim-​yə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce simulate (audio) \ adjective

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assume, affect, pretend, simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham mean to put on a false or deceptive appearance. assume often implies a justifiable motive rather than an intent to deceive. assumed an air of cheerfulness around the patients affect implies making a false show of possessing, using, or feeling. affected an interest in art pretend implies an overt and sustained false appearance. pretended that nothing had happened simulate suggests a close imitation of the appearance of something. cosmetics that simulate a suntan feign implies more artful invention than pretend, less specific mimicry than simulate. feigned sickness counterfeit implies achieving the highest degree of verisimilitude of any of these words. an actor counterfeiting drunkenness sham implies an obvious falseness that fools only the gullible. shammed a most unconvincing limp

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The zircon, that favorite of home shopping channels, simulates a diamond—more or less. A skilled furrier can dye lower-grade furs to simulate real mink. A skilled actress can simulate a range of emotions from absolute joy to crushing despair. And an apparatus that simulates the hazards of driving while intoxicated is likely to provide some very real benefits.

Examples of simulate in a Sentence

The model will be used to simulate the effects of an earthquake. cosmetics that simulate a suntan
Recent Examples on the Web Machines can now simulate various functions of the human brain such as vision, motion, sensing and analysis. Gil Sever, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Still, can’t fully simulate that kind of environment. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 15 Sep. 2021 The flight simulator, conversely, could simulate the spaceship’s cockpit but not high g-loads. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 And many of the hot models otherwise simulate the climate extremely well overall, doing a better job than their predecessors at capturing atmospheric connections between remote ocean basins and the distribution of rainfall. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 27 July 2021 All of these vehicles have coordinated patterns and will simulate attacks in formation. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2021 With the first exhibition tilt set for Thursday night against the Washington Football Team, pumping up the volume was to simulate game conditions with a good crowd expected at Gillette Stadium. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2021 To visualize most effectively, Houle says, athletes working with sports psychologists will try to simulate as closely as possible the conditions of actual gameplay. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 27 July 2021 Soon after, Michael Way, a climate modeler at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), and his colleagues picked up this idea, testing it with a climate model built to simulate early Venus conditions. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of simulate

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for simulate

Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare to copy, represent, feign, from similis like — more at same

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The first known use of simulate was in 1652

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15 Oct 2021

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“Simulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simulate. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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simulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of simulate

: to look, feel, or behave like (something)

simulate

transitive verb
sim·​u·​late | \ ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce simulate (audio) \
simulated; simulating

Medical Definition of simulate

: to have or produce a symptomatic resemblance to lesions simulating leprosy

Other Words from simulate

simulation \ ˌsim-​yə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce simulate (audio) \ noun

simulate

transitive verb
sim·​u·​late | \ ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt How to pronounce simulate (audio) \
simulated; simulating

Legal Definition of simulate

in the civil law of Louisiana : to make or carry out in a manner that does not express one's true intent a simulated sale of the debtor's property in which no consideration was paid

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