verb (used with object), im·i·tat·ed, im·i·tat·ing.
- imipramine hydrochloride,
- imitation doublet,
- imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,
- imitative magic
Origin of imitate
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|John McWhorter|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The point of art,” writes Eagleton, channeling the Romantics, “is not to imitate life but to transform it.
My first reaction upon finishing it was to imitate the unsinkable Ursula and begin all over again.
Then, between puffs of cigarette smoke, she began to imitate a mutual friend.Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Yenter & More Celebrities’ Week in Hell|Anna Klassen|March 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|March 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
O my dear sisters, truly Eve hath many daughters who imitate their mother, who answer in this manner.A Literary History of the English People|Jean Jules Jusserand
Self-p-p-preservation is the first law, and so we must imitate the rest of the b-b-brute creation, and live off of each other!The Redemption of David Corson|Charles Frederic Goss
Then the hands are waved forward and back, like wings—slowly for large birds, fast for little birds, to imitate the bird itself.Pluck on the Long Trail|Edwin L. Sabin
The way in which we imitate foreign manners and customs is very amusing.The Comic English Grammar|Percival Leigh
As you are now a king, Henry, which of your predecessors do you propose to imitate?
Word Origin 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.