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[v. sim-yuh-leyt; adj. sim-yuh-lit, -leyt] /v. ˈsɪm yəˌleɪt; adj. ˈsɪm yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), simulated, simulating.
to create a simulation, likeness, or model of (a situation, system, or the like):
to simulate crisis conditions.
to make a pretense of; feign:
to simulate knowledge.
to assume or have the appearance or characteristics of:
He simulated the manners of the rich.
Archaic. simulated.
Origin of simulate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin simulātus (past participle of simulāre), equivalent to simul- (variant of simil-, base of similis similar) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
simulative, simulatory
[sim-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsɪm yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
simulatively, adverb
nonsimulate, adjective
nonsimulative, adjective
unsimulated, adjective
unsimulating, adjective
unsimulative, adjective
well-simulated, adjective
2. pretend, counterfeit. 3. affect. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for simulate
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  • The same observations are to be made in regard to dishonest witnesses who, when pressed to think hard, only simulate doing so.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • I might simulate it perhaps by refusing to use my reason at all in religious matters.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • She must be affectionate, she must demand affection of others, and will they not give it her, then must they simulate it.

    The Golden Scarecrow Hugh Walpole
  • Then you simulated godliness; now you simulate Heaven knows what.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • Dissimulate, but do not simulate, disguise your real sentiments, but do not falsify them.

British Dictionary definitions for simulate


verb (transitive) (ˈsɪmjʊˌleɪt)
to make a pretence of; feign: to simulate anxiety
to reproduce the conditions of (a situation, etc), as in carrying out an experiment: to simulate weightlessness
to assume or have the appearance of; imitate
adjective (ˈsɪmjʊlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
(archaic) assumed or simulated
Derived Forms
simulative, adjective
simulatively, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin simulāre to copy, from similis like
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Word Origin and History for simulate

1620s, "feign, pretend, assume falsely" (implied in simulated), back-formation from simulation or else from Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare "to make like, imitate, copy." Meaning "to use a model to imitate certain conditions for purposes of study or training" is from 1947. Related: Simulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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simulate in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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