simulate

[verb sim-yuh-leyt; adjective sim-yuh-lit, -leyt]

verb (used with object), sim·u·lat·ed, sim·u·lat·ing.

to create a simulation, likeness, or model of (a situation, system, or the like): to simulate crisis conditions.
to make a pretense of; feign: to simulate knowledge.
to assume or have the appearance or characteristics of: He simulated the manners of the rich.

adjective

Archaic. simulated.

Nearby words

  1. simul,
  2. simulacre,
  3. simulacrum,
  4. simulant,
  5. simular,
  6. simulated,
  7. simulation,
  8. simulator,
  9. simulatory,
  10. simulcast

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

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British Dictionary definitions for simulate

simulate

verb (ˈsɪmjʊˌleɪt) (tr)

to make a pretence of; feignto simulate anxiety
to reproduce the conditions of (a situation, etc), as in carrying out an experimentto simulate weightlessness
to assume or have the appearance of; imitate

adjective (ˈsɪmjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

archaic assumed or simulated
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

simulate

v.

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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