- 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
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Examples from the Web for simulate
Back then there were no vapor cigarettes for you simulate smoking.'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Doesn't Want to Be a Jerk Anymore
August 11, 2014
Among its primary goals is to simulate a human brain using a vast network of connected supercomputers.The Science Community’s Fight Over an Artificial Brain
July 10, 2014
Previous attempts to simulate brain processes used software, silicon chips, or a combination of both.The Computer That Replicates a Human Brain
May 1, 2014
But as a Hollywood music man, his job, in a sense, is to simulate it.Meet Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s Master Composer
February 11, 2014
The player squats on the Balance Board, and then lifts to their toes to simulate jumping (never jump on the Balance Board).Can I Lose Weight Playing Video Games?
January 14, 2014
How could we simulate symptoms when we had no idea what these symptoms were supposed to be?The Floating Island of Madness
I might simulate it perhaps by refusing to use my reason at all in religious matters.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Then you simulated godliness; now you simulate Heaven knows what.The Tavern Knight
Please remember, you're trying to simulate patrol conditions.A Fine Fix
R. C. Noll
He could not, for one thing, simulate that look of attention.The Wonder
J. D. Beresford
- to make a pretence of; feignto simulate anxiety
- to reproduce the conditions of (a situation, etc), as in carrying out an experimentto simulate weightlessness
- to assume or have the appearance of; imitate
- archaic assumed or simulated
Word Origin and History for simulate
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.