What does imitate mean?

Definitions for imitate
ˈɪm ɪˌteɪtim·i·tate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imitate, copy, simulateverb

    reproduce someone's behavior or looks

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

  2. imitateverb

    appear like, as in behavior or appearance

    "Life imitate art"

  3. imitateverb

    make a reproduction or copy of


  1. imitateverb

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

  2. imitateverb

    To copy.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Imitateverb

    Etymology: imitor, Latin; imiter, French.

    We imitate and practise to make swifter motions than any out of your muskets. Francis Bacon.

    Despise wealth, and imitate a god. Abraham Cowley.

    I would caress some stableman of note,
    And imitate his language and his coat. Man of Taste.

    This hand appear'd a shining sword to wield,
    And that sustain'd an imitated shield. John Dryden, Æn.

    For shame! what, imitate an ode! John Gay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imitateverb

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

  2. Imitateverb

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

  3. Imitateverb

    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. Etymology: [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. Juvenal:

    Refrain from doing ill; for one all powerful reason, lest our children should copy our misdeeds; we are all too prone to imitate whatever is base and depraved.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.

  3. Juvenal:

    We are too quick to imitate depraved examples.

  4. John Ruskin:

    In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong honor that try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.

  5. Louis XIV of France:

    Do not follow the bad example which I have set you; I have often undertaken war too lightly and have sustained it for vanity. Do not imitate me, but be a peaceful prince, and may you apply yourself principally to the alleviation of the burdens of your subjects

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. valetudinarian
    • B. askant
    • C. sesquipedalian
    • D. motile

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