simulate

[ verb sim-yuh-leyt; adjective sim-yuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb ˈsɪm yəˌleɪt; adjective ˈsɪm yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /

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.

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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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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