- 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
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Contemporary Examples of imitator
My imitator had hundreds of followers—more than I did at the time.
Twitter required an old-fashioned fax of a government-issued ID before it would delete the imitator account.
Historical Examples of imitator
Once more, the imitator has no knowledge of reality, but only of appearance.
First, he says that the poet or painter is an imitator, and in the third degree removed from the truth.
I think, he said, that we may fairly designate him as the imitator of that which the others make.
Good, I said; then you call him who is third in the descent from nature an imitator?
Suppose now that by the light of the examples just offered we enquire who this imitator is?
- 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 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.