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mimic

[mim-ik] /ˈmɪm ɪk/
verb (used with object), mimicked, mimicking.
1.
to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.
2.
to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape.
3.
to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.
noun
4.
a person who mimics, especially a performer skilled in mimicking others.
5.
a copy or imitation of something.
6.
a performer in a mime.
adjective
7.
imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale:
a mimic battle.
8.
apt at or given to imitating; imitative; simulative.
Origin of mimic
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin mīmicus < Greek mīmikós. See mime, -ic
Related forms
mimicker, noun
unmimicked, adjective
Synonyms
1. follow, mock; impersonate; simulate, counterfeit. 7. mock, simulated.
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Examples from the Web for mimicking
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  • His hands were returning her caresses, mimicking the eager distraction of her own.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • "You doan' goin' to own no house," answered Conolly, mimicking the boy.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories Edward William Thomson
  • Let ole Tilty go to blazes with his ole 'all (mimicking Jeffres).

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • Here I am to your rescue, and you reward me with a ‘well’ (mimicking) up to ceiling.

    Semiramis and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • Yet it would never be claimed that the lizard thought out this mimicking.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
British Dictionary definitions for mimicking

mimic

/ˈmɪmɪk/
verb (transitive) -ics, -icking, -icked
1.
to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; ape: known mainly for his ability to mimic other singers
2.
to take on the appearance of; resemble closely: certain flies mimic wasps
3.
to copy closely or in a servile manner
noun
4.
a person or an animal, such as a parrot, that is clever at mimicking
5.
an animal that displays mimicry
adjective
6.
of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
7.
simulated, make-believe, or mock
Derived Forms
mimicker, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mīmicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimosmime
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Word Origin and History for mimicking

mimic

n.

1580s, "a mime," from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," from mimos "mime."

mimic

v.

1680s, from mimic (n.). Related: Mimicked; mimicking.

mimic

adj.

1590s, from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," verbal adjective from mimeisthai "to mimic, imitate, portray by means of imitation" (see mimeograph).

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mimicking in Medicine

mimic mim·ic (mĭm'ĭk)
v. mim·icked, mim·ick·ing, mim·ics

  1. To resemble closely; simulate.

  2. To take on the appearance of.


mim'ic adj. & n.
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