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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 simulated
  • First, they recorded where and for how long the eyes of an experienced surgeon were fixed during a simulated surgery.
  • They used treadmills, exercise bicycles and a simulated weight training system to stay fit.
  • So textbooks have to be revised, and so must online and simulated demonstrations.
  • Students might learn bankruptcy law, for instance, by representing a simulated client with a failing business.
  • Viewers enter the structure and watch the movie-a nausea-inducing simulated theme park ride-projected on the ceiling.
  • The school is also experimenting with recorded or simulated lessons for topics they can't film as effectively on camera.
  • There, it can put on a show-complete with motorcades and simulated attacks-in a tightly controlled environment.
  • Description is simulated through bald lists of pallid images.
  • The simulated shells were filled with eggs scrambled to a delicate creaminess with finely chopped truffles.
  • They receive milder prison sentences and higher damages in simulated legal proceedings.
British Dictionary definitions for simulated


(of fur, leather, pearls, etc) being an imitation of the genuine article, usually made from cheaper material
(of actions, qualities, emotions, etc) imitated; feigned


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 simulated

1620s, "feigned," past participle adjective from simulate (v.). Meaning "imitative for purposes of experiment or training" is from 1966 (agent noun simulator in the related sense dates from 1947; cf. simulation). In commercial jargon, "artificial, imitation" by 1942.



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.

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