- 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.
Origin of imitate
SynonymsSee more synonyms for imitate on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for imitating
He was imitating life and he had these tremendous insights over a huge range.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
And Putin, to his great delight, got to revel in imitating a Cold War giant.Russia’s Cynical Foreign Policy Play
September 9, 2013
When you have one anxious child, the siblings are likely to act out in some way, either by imitating the anxiety or getting angry.How to Help Your Anxious Kid
May 11, 2013
If Proust can change your life, then will imitating the queen make you happy?9 Best Life Lessons From ‘How the Queen Can Make You Happy’
September 13, 2012
In addition to helping us power our cars, imitating sharks could lead to swifter ships and more advanced underwater sensors.Sharks Are Scary But Not That Dangerous
June 16, 2011
All we're asking you to do, is not to go about imitating him with his romantic talk!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
If at times, while imitating, they have mistaken me, I am not.Night and Morning, Complete
She knew how exactly she was imitating aunt Luceba's mode of speech.Tiverton Tales
The men were all imitating each other, and on a small mould.
It had eight stops, one imitating the lute and one the flute.How the Piano Came to Be
Ellye Howell Glover
- 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
Word Origin and History for imitating
1530s, a back-formation from imitation or imitator, or else from Latin imitatus. Related: Imitated; imitating. An Old English word for this was æfterhyrigan.