Definitions for imitateˈɪm ɪˌteɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•i•tateˈɪm ɪˌteɪt(v.t.)-tat•ed, -tat•ing.

  1. to follow as a model or example.

  2. to mimic; impersonate.

  3. to make a copy of; reproduce closely.

  4. to have or assume the appearance of; simulate.

Origin of imitate:

1525–35; < L imitārī to copy


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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. imitate(verb)ˈɪm ɪˌteɪt

    to copy sb or sth

    Some birds are able to imitate the human voice.


  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

Translations for imitate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (try to) be, behave or look the same as (a person etc)

Children imitate their friends rather than their parents; He could imitate the song of many different birds.

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