< Latin imitātus
past participle of imitārī
to copy, presumably a frequentative akin to the base of imāgō image
imitator, nounnonimitating, adjectiveoverimitate, verb (used with object), overimitated, overimitating.preimitate, verb (used with object), preimitated, preimitating.unimitated, adjectiveunimitating, adjectivewell-imitated, adjective
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.
is to make a fairly exact imitation of an original creation: to copy a sentence, a dress, a picture.
is to produce something that exactly resembles or corresponds to something else; both may be originals: to duplicate the terms of two contracts.
is to make a likeness or reconstruction of an original: to reproduce a 16th-century theater.