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imitate

[im-i-teyt] /ˈɪm ɪˌteɪt/
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
1525-1535
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
Synonyms
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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Examples for imitating
  • The event would begin by imitating investigators' research into allegations of wrongdoing by an athletics program.
  • Other companies also have profited by imitating ants.
  • The former refers to the practice of learning from nature and imitating its designs and processes to solve modern problem.
  • Artists, instead of doing what the camera cannot do, seem to be imitating what the camera does.
  • Those who adopt a theory are simply imitating somebody else.
  • Seminary education quickly became routinized, generally imitating practice abroad.
  • imitating others' emotional expressions may foster empathy.
  • They are able to learn by watching other chimps and imitating.
  • They had much more trouble, however, imitating the same note with their own voice.
  • In other words, worm grunters have been unwittingly imitating mole sounds.
British Dictionary definitions for imitating

imitate

/ˈɪmɪˌteɪt/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
imitable, adjective
imitability, imitableness, noun
imitator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin imitārī; see image
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