Definition of Imitate

1. Verb. Reproduce someone's behavior or looks. "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"

Exact synonyms: Copy, Simulate
Specialized synonyms: Conform To, Follow, Mock, Take Off, Mime, Mimic, Model, Pattern, Follow, Take After, Emulate
Generic synonyms: Reproduce
Derivative terms: Copy, Copying, Imitation, Imitative, Imitator

2. Verb. Appear like, as in behavior or appearance. "Life imitate art"
Generic synonyms: Resemble
Specialized synonyms: Ape, Emulate, Follow Suit

3. Verb. Make a reproduction or copy of.
Generic synonyms: Copy, Re-create
Derivative terms: Imitative

Definition of Imitate

1. v. t. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to copy, in acts, manners etc.

Definition of Imitate

1. Verb. To follow as a model or a pattern; to make a copy, counterpart or semblance of. ¹

2. Verb. To copy. ¹

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Definition of Imitate

1. to behave in the same way as [v -TATED, -TATING, -TATES]

Medical Definition of Imitate

1. 1. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to copy, in acts, manners etc. "Despise wealth and imitate a dog." (Cowlay) 2. To produce a semblance or likeness of, in form, character, colour, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to counterfeit; to copy. "A place picked out by choice of best alive The Nature's work by art can imitate." (Spenser) "This hand appeared a shining sword to weild, And that sustained an imitated shield." (Dryden) 3. To resemble (another species of animal, or a plant, or inanimate object) in form, colour, ornamentation, or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one in colour and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates, in colour, one having secretion offensive to birds. Origin: L. Imitatus, p. P. Of imitari to imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. Image. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Imitate

imipramine N-oxide reductase
imipramine demethylase
imipramine hydrochloride
imitate (current term)
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imitative harmony

Literary usage of Imitate

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1. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... before his readers fuch adventures as no writer of a real voyage can hope to imitate, if we except the teller of ..."

2. La démocratie libérale by Thomas Hodgkin, Etienne Vacherot (1896)
"... thought he could not do better than imitate them. Victory was evidently to be had if a general made his army small enough : and he accordingly sent 500 ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"... et po + testas in imitate spiritus sancti per infinita ... Deus in imitate Spiritus Sancti per ..."

4. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine, Thomas, Edward Bouverie Pusey, William Benham (1909)
"CHAPTER LVI That we ought to deny ourselves, and to imitate Christ by means of the Cross MY Son, so far as thou art able to go out of thyself so far shalt ..."

5. Italy and Her Invaders by Thomas Hodgkin (1885)
"Seeing the success of these manoeuvres, Witi- imitate gis, who had not yet apprehended the difference of tactics. training and equipment between his ..."

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