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[verb sim-yuh-leyt; adjective sim-yuh-lit, -leyt]
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verb (used with object), sim·u·lat·ed, sim·u·lat·ing.
  1. to create a simulation, likeness, or model of (a situation, system, or the like): to simulate crisis conditions.
  2. to make a pretense of; feign: to simulate knowledge.
  3. to assume or have the appearance or characteristics of: He simulated the manners of the rich.
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  1. Archaic. simulated.
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Origin of simulate

1400–50; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin simulātus (past participle of simulāre), equivalent to simul- (variant of simil-, base of similis similar) + -ātus -ate1
Related formssim·u·la·tive, sim·u·la·to·ry [sim-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsɪm yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivesim·u·la·tive·ly, adverbnon·sim·u·late, adjectivenon·sim·u·la·tive, adjectiveun·sim·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·sim·u·lat·ing, adjectiveun·sim·u·la·tive, adjectivewell-sim·u·lat·ed, adjective

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Related Words for simulate

reproduce, affect, mimic, replicate, resemble, feign, fence, cheat, mirror, invent, disguise, fake, misrepresent, prevaricate, counterfeit, lie, concoct, equivocate, feature, favor

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Contemporary Examples of simulate

Historical Examples of simulate

  • How could we simulate symptoms when we had no idea what these symptoms were supposed to be?

  • I might simulate it perhaps by refusing to use my reason at all in religious matters.

  • Then you simulated godliness; now you simulate Heaven knows what.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Please remember, you're trying to simulate patrol conditions.

    A Fine Fix

    R. C. Noll

  • He could not, for one thing, simulate that look of attention.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

British Dictionary definitions for simulate


verb (ˈsɪmjʊˌleɪt) (tr)
  1. to make a pretence of; feignto simulate anxiety
  2. to reproduce the conditions of (a situation, etc), as in carrying out an experimentto simulate weightlessness
  3. to assume or have the appearance of; imitate
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adjective (ˈsɪmjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
  1. archaic assumed or simulated
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Derived Formssimulative, adjectivesimulatively, adverb

Word Origin for simulate

C17: from Latin simulāre to copy, from similis like
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Word Origin and History for simulate


1620s, "feign, pretend, assume falsely" (implied in simulated), back-formation from simulation or else from Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare "to make like, imitate, copy." Meaning "to use a model to imitate certain conditions for purposes of study or training" is from 1947. Related: Simulating.

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