What does imitate mean?

Definitions for imitateˈɪm ɪˌteɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imitate, copy, simulate(verb)

    reproduce someone's behavior or looks

    "The mime imitated the passers-by"; "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"

  2. imitate(verb)

    appear like, as in behavior or appearance

    "Life imitate art"

  3. imitate(verb)

    make a reproduction or copy of


  1. imitate(Verb)

    To follow as a model or a pattern; to make a copy, counterpart or semblance of.

  2. imitate(Verb)

    To copy.

  3. Origin: From imitatus, past participle of imitari, from a deponent frequentive root *, whence also imago, see image.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imitate(verb)

    to follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to copy, in acts, manners etc

  2. Imitate(verb)

    to produce a semblance or likeness of, in form, character, color, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to counterfeit; to copy

  3. Imitate(verb)

    to resemble (another species of animal, or a plant, or inanimate object) in form, color, ornamentation, or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one in color and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates, in color, one having secretion offensive to birds

  4. Origin: [L. imitatus, p. p. of imitari to imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. Image.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imitate

    im′i-tāt, v.t. to copy, to strive to be the same as: to produce a likeness of.—n. Imitabil′ity.—adj. Im′itable, that may be imitated or copied: worthy of imitation.—n. Im′itancy, the tendency to imitate.—adj. Im′itant.—n. Imitā′tion, act of imitating: that which is produced as a copy, a likeness: (mus.) the repeating of the same passage, or the following of a passage with a similar one in one or more of the other parts or voices.—adj. Im′itātive, inclined to imitate: formed after a model.—adv. Im′itātively.—ns. Im′itātiveness, the quality of being imitative; Im′itātor, one who imitates or copies. [L. imitāri, imitātus, ety. unknown.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imitate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imitate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Woody Allen:

    Does art imitate life, or does life imitate TV?

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Insist on yourself never imitate... Every great man is unique.

  3. Juliette Fernandez:

    We started making the costumes, finding the wigs, designing choreographies and even trying to imitate the characters' voices.

  4. Donald Trump:

    If I ever did that, I would be ridiculed all over the place. I won't do it. I'm not going to imitate her, she's barking like a dog, and they're saying 'wonderful.'.

  5. Johann von Goethe:

    Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color.

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