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imitate

[ im-i-teyt ]
/ 藞瑟m 瑟藢te瑟t /
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verb (used with object), im路i路tat路ed, im路i路tat路ing.
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.
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Origin of imitate

First recorded in 1525鈥35; from Latin imit膩tus, past participle of imit膩r墨 鈥渢o copy,鈥 presumably a frequentative akin to the base of im膩g艒 image

synonym study for imitate

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. To copy is to make a fairly exact imitation of an original creation: to copy a sentence, a dress, a picture. To duplicate is to produce something that exactly resembles or corresponds to something else; both may be originals: to duplicate the terms of two contracts. To reproduce is to make a likeness or reconstruction of an original: to reproduce a 16th-century theater.

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British Dictionary definitions for imitate

imitate
/ (藞瑟m瑟藢te瑟t) /

verb (tr)
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

Derived forms of imitate

imitable, adjectiveimitability or imitableness, nounimitator, noun

Word Origin for imitate

C16: from Latin imit膩r墨; see image
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