What does imitation mean?

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ˌɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃənim·i·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. imitationnoun

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

  2. imitationnoun

    something copied or derived from an original

  3. imitationnoun

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

  4. caricature, imitation, impersonationadjective

    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect

  5. fake, false, faux, imitation, simulatedadjective

    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"


  1. imitationnoun

    The act of imitating.

  2. imitationnoun

    A copy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imitationnoun

    the act of imitating

    Etymology: [L. imitatio: cf. F. imitation.]

  2. Imitationnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. imitatio: cf. F. imitation.]

  3. Imitationnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. imitatio: cf. F. imitation.]

  4. Imitationnoun

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

    Etymology: [L. imitatio: cf. F. imitation.]


  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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imitation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imitation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of imitation in a Sentence

  1. Aesop:

    Men often applaud an imitation, and hiss the real thing.

  2. Confucius:

    By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

  3. Morten Tyldum:

    I love when people say 'Imitation Game' is such a crowd pleaser, yes, it's a crowd pleaser but the guy kills himself. We've achieved something, it's a beautiful challenge.

  4. Philip Sidney:

    Comedy is an imitation of the common errors of our life.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    The devil himself is not inspired. He's the master of imitation, I don't think he can succeed in inspiring anyone too.

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    enthusiastic approval
    • A. deny
    • B. interrogate
    • C. acclaim
    • D. inspire

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