What does imitate mean?

Definitions for imitateˈɪm ɪˌteɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word imitate.

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. Miles Davis:

    First you imitate, then you innovate.

  2. Honoré de Balzac:

    You may imitate, but never counterfeit.

  3. T. S. Eliot:

    Immature poets imitate mature poets steal.

  4. T.S. Eliot:

    Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

  5. Juvenal:

    We are too quick to imitate depraved examples.

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