What does imitation mean?

Definitions for imitationˌɪm ɪˈteɪ ʃən

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

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"


  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

  5. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Imitation is suicide.

  2. Seneca:

    All art is an imitation of nature.

  3. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    All art is but imitation of nature.

  4. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance:

    Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide.

Images & Illustrations of imitation

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