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Meaning of IMITATE

Pronunciation:  'imi`teyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make a reproduction or copy of
  2. [v]  reproduce someone's behavior or looks; "The mime imitated the passers-by"; "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"
  3. [v]  appear like, as in behavior or appearance; "Life imitate art"

IMITATE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: simulate
 See Also: ape, conform to, copy, emulate, emulate, follow, follow suit, make, mime, mimic, mock, model, pattern, re-create, reproduce, resemble, take after, take off



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Im"i*tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imitated}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Imitating}.] [L. imitatus, p. p. of imitari to
imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. {Image}.]
1. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or
   strive to copy, in acts, manners etc.

         Despise wealth and imitate a dog.     --Cowlay.

2. To produce a semblance or likeness of, in form, character,
   color, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to
   counterfeit; to copy.

         A place picked out by choice of best alive The
         Nature's work by art can imitate.     --Spenser.

         This hand appeared a shining sword to weild, And
         that sustained an imitated shield.    --Dryden.

3. (Biol.) To resemble (another species of animal, or a
   plant, or inanimate object) in form, color, ornamentation,
   or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage
   thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one
   in color and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates,
   in color, one having secretion offensive to birds.

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