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mimic

[mim-ik] /ˈmɪm ɪk/
verb (used with object), mimicked, mimicking.
1.
to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.
2.
to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape.
3.
to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.
noun
4.
a person who mimics, especially a performer skilled in mimicking others.
5.
a copy or imitation of something.
6.
a performer in a mime.
adjective
7.
imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale:
a mimic battle.
8.
apt at or given to imitating; imitative; simulative.
Origin of mimic
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin mīmicus < Greek mīmikós. See mime, -ic
Related forms
mimicker, noun
unmimicked, adjective
Synonyms
1. follow, mock; impersonate; simulate, counterfeit. 7. mock, simulated.
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Examples from the Web for mimicked
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  • He mimicked me exactly when he asked me to take supper with him, and I tried hard to imitate him in promptitude when I accepted.

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • The theory is that the mimickers live on the reputation of the mimicked.

  • "Damned ingrate," Sam mimicked the colonel's blustering throat tones.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • In 1840 they swallowed their principles, mimicked his, and won.

  • He mimicked voice and tone faithfully, so that Slim laughed and thought that there had never been so funny a fellow as Red.

    Youth Isaac Asimov
British Dictionary definitions for mimicked

mimic

/ˈmɪmɪk/
verb (transitive) -ics, -icking, -icked
1.
to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; ape: known mainly for his ability to mimic other singers
2.
to take on the appearance of; resemble closely: certain flies mimic wasps
3.
to copy closely or in a servile manner
noun
4.
a person or an animal, such as a parrot, that is clever at mimicking
5.
an animal that displays mimicry
adjective
6.
of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
7.
simulated, make-believe, or mock
Derived Forms
mimicker, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mīmicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimosmime
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Word Origin and History for mimicked

mimic

n.

1580s, "a mime," from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," from mimos "mime."

v.

1680s, from mimic (n.). Related: Mimicked; mimicking.

adj.

1590s, from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," verbal adjective from mimeisthai "to mimic, imitate, portray by means of imitation" (see mimeograph).

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mimicked in Medicine

mimic mim·ic (mĭm'ĭk)
v. mim·icked, mim·ick·ing, mim·ics

  1. To resemble closely; simulate.

  2. To take on the appearance of.


mim'ic adj. & n.
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Related Abbreviations for mimicked

MIMIC

microwave/millimeter wave monolithic integrated circuit
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