imitate

[im-i-teyt]
verb (used with object), imitated, imitating.
1.
to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example: to imitate an author's style; to imitate an older brother.
2.
to mimic; impersonate: The students imitated the teacher behind her back.
3.
to make a copy of; reproduce closely.
4.
to have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin imitātus past participle of imitārī to copy, presumably a frequentative akin to the base of imāgō image

imitator, noun
nonimitating, adjective
overimitate, verb (used with object), overimitated, overimitating.
preimitate, verb (used with object), preimitated, preimitating.
unimitated, adjective
unimitating, adjective
well-imitated, adjective


2. ape, mock. 3. Imitate, copy, duplicate, reproduce all mean to follow or try to follow an example or pattern. Imitate is the general word for the idea: to imitate someone's handwriting, behavior. To copy is to make a fairly exact imitation of an original creation: to copy a sentence, a dress, a picture. To duplicate is to produce something that exactly resembles or corresponds to something else; both may be originals: to duplicate the terms of two contracts. To reproduce is to make a likeness or reconstruction of an original: to reproduce a 16th-century theater.
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imitate (ˈɪmɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
1.  to try to follow the manner, style, character, etc, of or take as a model: many writers imitated the language of Shakespeare
2.  to pretend to be or to impersonate, esp for humour; mimic
3.  to make a copy or reproduction of; duplicate; counterfeit
4.  to make or be like; resemble or simulate: her achievements in politics imitated her earlier successes in business
 
[C16: from Latin imitārī; see image]
 
'imitable
 
adj
 
imita'bility
 
n
 
'imitableness
 
n
 
'imitator
 
n

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Example sentences
He changed my fly from a pink one to a green one, to imitate the fruit.
And even when they have attempted to imitate marine life, they have tended to
  consider it through mammalian eyes.
In other words, babies listen to the words adults use and the situations in
  which they use them and imitate accordingly.
In addition to simulating exercise protocols, the device may be used to imitate
  the physiological effects of spacewalking.
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