[ adjective, noun rep-li-kit; verb rep-li-keyt ]
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  1. Also rep·li·cat·ed. folded; bent back on itself.

verb (used with object),rep·li·cat·ed, rep·li·cat·ing.
  1. to bend or fold back: a replicated leaf.

  2. to repeat, duplicate, or reproduce, especially for experimental purposes: We were unable to replicate the same results in the field.

  1. Genetics. (of a cell) to make a copy of (its DNA): The cell replicates its DNA to begin the process of cell division.

verb (used without object),rep·li·cat·ed, rep·li·cat·ing.
  1. (especially of DNA) to undergo replication; Our DNA replicates at a rate of 50 nucleotides per second.

  1. something that is replicated, as an experiment or procedure.

Origin of replicate

First recorded in 1525–35; from Late Latin replicātus, past participle of replicāre “to fold back”; see re-, ply2, -ate1

Other words from replicate

  • non·rep·li·cate, adjective
  • non·rep·li·cated, adjective

Words Nearby replicate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use replicate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for replicate


verb(ˈrɛplɪˌkeɪt) (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to make or be a copy of; reproduce

  2. to fold (something) over on itself; bend back

  1. to reply to

  1. folded back on itself: a replicate leaf

Origin of replicate

C19: from Latin replicātus bent back; see replica

Derived forms of replicate

  • replicative, adjective

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