- to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example: to imitate an author's style; to imitate an older brother.
- to mimic; impersonate: The students imitated the teacher behind her back.
- to make a copy of; reproduce closely.
- to have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble.
Origin of imitate
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Examples from the Web for imitate
The idea that when we imitate something we are seeking to replace it rather than join it is weak.You Can’t ‘Steal’ a Culture: In Defense of Cultural Appropriation
July 15, 2014
The point of art,” writes Eagleton, channeling the Romantics, “is not to imitate life but to transform it.Do We Need to Be Told How to Read?
June 6, 2013
My first reaction upon finishing it was to imitate the unsinkable Ursula and begin all over again.Life After Life
April 7, 2013
Then, between puffs of cigarette smoke, she began to imitate a mutual friend.Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Yenter & More Celebrities’ Week in Hell
March 16, 2013
Plus, as with any business venture, an early success story sparks a glut of wide-eyed hopefuls hoping to imitate that victory.The ‘Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter Smash: 5 Burning Questions
March 15, 2013
If we imitate Lydia in diligence, let us not forget to imitate her in piety.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
I shot the question at him and tried to imitate gimlets with my eyes.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
I desire to imitate the committee in their refinement and delicacy of distinction.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
Here David ended his instructions for the time; and I will imitate him.Freeland
I loved and admired him to a degree of enthusiasm, and of course strove to imitate him.The Letters of Robert Burns
- to try to follow the manner, style, character, etc, of or take as a modelmany writers imitated the language of Shakespeare
- to pretend to be or to impersonate, esp for humour; mimic
- to make a copy or reproduction of; duplicate; counterfeit
- to make or be like; resemble or simulateher achievements in politics imitated her earlier successes in business
Word Origin and History for imitate
1530s, a back-formation from imitation or imitator, or else from Latin imitatus. Related: Imitated; imitating. An Old English word for this was æfterhyrigan.