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ˈɪm ɪˌteɪtim·i·tate

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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.]

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  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

Examples of imitate in a Sentence

  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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