simulate [ verb sim-y uh-leyt; adjective sim-y uh-lit, -leyt] Synonyms Word Origin 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. Origin of simulate 1400–50; late Middle English
(past participle of
), equivalent to
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms sim·u·la·tive, sim·u·la·to·ry , [ sim-y uh-l uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsɪm yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective sim·u·la·tive·ly, adverb non·sim·u·late, adjective non·sim·u·la·tive, adjective un·sim·u·lat·ed, adjective un·sim·u·lat·ing, adjective un·sim·u·la·tive, adjective well-sim·u·lat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for simulatory to make a pretence of; feign to simulate anxiety to reproduce the conditions of (a situation, etc), as in carrying out an experiment to simulate weightlessness to assume or have the appearance of; imitate adjective ( ˈsɪmjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt) archaic assumed or simulated Derived Forms simulative, adjective simulatively, adverb Word Origin for simulate
C17: from Latin
simulāre to copy, from similis like
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Word Origin and History for simulatory 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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