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[im-i-teyt] /ˈɪm ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), imitated, imitating.
to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example:
to imitate an author's style; to imitate an older brother.
to mimic; impersonate:
The students imitated the teacher behind her back.
to make a copy of; reproduce closely.
to have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble.
1525-35; < Latin imitātus past participle of imitārī to copy, presumably a frequentative akin to the base of imāgō image
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for imitated
  • And found that the interlopers imitated the sounds of an adult queen.
  • However, the three-action sequence was the one demonstrated, so that's what the children imitated.
  • What few people know, however, is that one group of crocs also imitated fearsome dinosaurian predators.
  • They have imitated it and tried to dance as it dances.
  • They readily imitated motor behaviors of their instructors too.
  • And it is true that the company has time and again bought in or imitated the technology of others.
  • He found this out when he imitated a sound in the background on a long-distance call and the line cut off.
  • His widely imitated and parodied style is notable for its clipped, elliptical sentences and ominous silences.
  • Coming soon to a playing field near you is a trick play so clever it is likely to be imitated on punt returns throughout the land.
  • When a subsequent manipulation rendered the children's means ineffective, children recalled and imitated the model's means.
British Dictionary definitions for imitated


verb (transitive)
to try to follow the manner, style, character, etc, of or take as a model: many writers imitated the language of Shakespeare
to pretend to be or to impersonate, esp for humour; mimic
to make a copy or reproduction of; duplicate; counterfeit
to make or be like; resemble or simulate: her achievements in politics imitated her earlier successes in business
Derived Forms
imitable, adjective
imitability, imitableness, noun
imitator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin imitārī; see image
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Word Origin and History for imitated



1530s, a back-formation from imitation or imitator, or else from Latin imitatus. Related: Imitated; imitating. An Old English word for this was æfterhyrigan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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