Definitions for imitationˌɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•i•ta•tionˌɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. a result or product of imitating.

  2. the act of imitating.

  3. a counterfeit; copy.

  4. a literary composition that imitates the manner or subject of another author or work.

  5. (in Aristotelian aesthetics) the representation of an object or an action as it ought to be. the representation of actuality in art or literature.

    Category: Fine Arts, Philosphy

  6. the repetition of a melodic phrase at a different pitch or key from the original or in a different voice part.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. (adj.)designed to imitate a genuine or superior article or thing.

Origin of imitation:

1350–1400; ME < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imitation(noun)

    the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations

  2. imitation(noun)

    something copied or derived from an original

  3. imitation(noun)

    copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else

  4. caricature, imitation, impersonation(adj)

    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

  5. fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated(adj)

    not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article

    "it isn't fake anything; it's real synthetic fur"; "faux pearls"; "false teeth"; "decorated with imitation palm leaves"; "a purse of simulated alligator hide"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. imitation(noun)ˌɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən

    the act of copying sb or sth, or an instance of this

    Young children learn to talk through imitation.; He does a very good imitation of the President.

  2. imitationˌɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən

    sth copied from but not as good as sth else

    His watch is a poor imitation of the original.

  3. imitation(adjective)ˌɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən

    fake, not real

    an imitation watch/gun


  1. imitation(Noun)

    The act of imitating.

  2. imitation(Noun)

    A copy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imitation(noun)

    the act of imitating

  2. Imitation(noun)

    that which is made or produced as a copy; that which is made to resemble something else, whether for laudable or for fraudulent purposes; likeness; resemblance

  3. Imitation(noun)

    one of the principal means of securing unity and consistency in polyphonic composition; the repetition of essentially the same melodic theme, phrase, or motive, on different degrees of pitch, by one or more of the other parts of voises. Cf. Canon

  4. Imitation(noun)

    the act of condition of imitating another species of animal, or a plant, or unanimate object. See Imitate, v. t., 3


  1. Imitation

    Imitation is an advanced behavior whereby an individual observes and replicates another's behavior. Imitation is also a form of social learning that leads to the "development of traditions, and ultimately our culture. It allows for the transfer of information between individuals and down generations without the need for genetic inheritance." The word imitation can be applied in many contexts, ranging from animal training to international politics.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. imitation

    The sincerest form of insult.

Translations for imitation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of imitating

Children learn how to speak by imitation.

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