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imitate

[im-i-teyt]
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verb (used with object), im·i·tat·ed, im·i·tat·ing.
  1. to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example: to imitate an author's style; to imitate an older brother.
  2. to mimic; impersonate: The students imitated the teacher behind her back.
  3. to make a copy of; reproduce closely.
  4. to have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble.
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Origin of imitate

1525–35; < Latin imitātus past participle of imitārī to copy, presumably a frequentative akin to the base of imāgō image
Related formsim·i·ta·tor, nounnon·im·i·tat·ing, adjectiveo·ver·im·i·tate, verb (used with object), o·ver·im·i·tat·ed, o·ver·im·i·tat·ing.pre·im·i·tate, verb (used with object), pre·im·i·tat·ed, pre·im·i·tat·ing.un·im·i·tat·ed, adjectiveun·im·i·tat·ing, adjectivewell-im·i·tat·ed, adjective

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2. ape, mock. 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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following, matching, paralleling, reflecting, emulating

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British Dictionary definitions for imitating

imitate

verb (tr)
  1. to try to follow the manner, style, character, etc, of or take as a modelmany writers imitated the language of Shakespeare
  2. to pretend to be or to impersonate, esp for humour; mimic
  3. to make a copy or reproduction of; duplicate; counterfeit
  4. to make or be like; resemble or simulateher achievements in politics imitated her earlier successes in business
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Derived Formsimitable, adjectiveimitability or imitableness, nounimitator, noun

Word Origin for imitate

C16: from Latin imitārī; see image
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Word Origin and History for imitating

imitate

v.

1530s, a back-formation from imitation or imitator, or else from Latin imitatus. Related: Imitated; imitating. An Old English word for this was æfterhyrigan.

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