to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.
to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape.
to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.
a person who mimics, especially a performer skilled in mimicking others.
a copy or imitation of something.
imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale: a mimic battle.
apt at or given to imitating; imitative; simulative.
- mim·ick·er, noun
- un·mim·icked, adjective
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How to use mimic in a sentence
YouTube and Apple have both mimicked Spotify’s features on this front, offering their own variations on personalized playlists like Spotify’s flagship playlist, “Discover Weekly,” and others.YouTube copies Spotify’s ‘Daily Mixes’ with its new ‘My Mix’ feature | Sarah Perez | November 9, 2020 | TechCrunch
The haptic feedback that uses pinpointed vibrations to mimic on-screen action is extremely impressive—even better than what you’ll find in the iPhone.Video games feel different on the PlayStation 5 and that’s a good thing | Stan Horaczek | November 9, 2020 | Popular-Science
The infant mimics Greef and waves ineffectually, not exactly helpful but still a good prosocial effort.What Makes Baby Yoda So Lovable? - Facts So Romantic | Morgan K. Hoke & Douglas K. Smit | November 4, 2020 | Nautilus
These are lab-engineered proteins that can mimic the natural antibodies and enzymes that regulate many functions within the human body.This startup is using robots and A.I. to design new drugs | Jeremy Kahn | October 29, 2020 | Fortune
These habitats are hard to mimic in the laboratory given their extreme energy limitations.Preserving a Sense of Wonder in DNA - Issue 92: Frontiers | Virat Markandeya | October 28, 2020 | Nautilus
Cadets mimicked his commands, which he issued in drawn-out syllables in his high-pitched, mountain-inflected voice.
The finale consisted of a lengthy dance routine that mimicked the movements of animals in nature.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion | Justin Jones | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But actual driving simulation studies have not mimicked these results.
The bust detail on his dresses often mimicked the layering of petals, for instance.Raf Simons Debuts at Christian Dior With Couture Collection | Robin Givhan | July 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He mimicked the nasal slur of former prime minister John Major.
Whereat Morsfield, certain that his parasitic thrasyleon apeing coxcomb would avoid extremities, mimicked him execrably.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
"Yassir," mimicked Stacy, whereat the boys burst out laughing.The Pony Rider Boys on the Blue Ridge | Frank Gee Patchin
She whirled her arms in stiff-jointed rigidity and mimicked Stanhope's fantastic posing.The Pillar of Light | Louis Tracy
She mimicked him so perfectly that Champney chuckled and Romanzo doubled up in silent glee.Flamsted quarries | Mary E. Waller
Others mounting the pulpit, mimicked the preacher, and challenged the papists to a dispute.The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete | Friedrich Schiller
British Dictionary definitions for mimic
to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; ape: known mainly for his ability to mimic other singers
to take on the appearance of; resemble closely: certain flies mimic wasps
to copy closely or in a servile manner
a person or an animal, such as a parrot, that is clever at mimicking
an animal that displays mimicry
of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
simulated, make-believe, or mock
- mimicker, noun
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