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im·i·tate

 (ĭm′ĭ-tāt′)
tr.v. im·i·tat·ed, im·i·tat·ing, im·i·tates
1. To use or follow as a model: Your brother imitates you because he admires you.
2.
a. To copy the mannerisms or speech of; mimic: amused her friends by imitating the teachers.
b. To copy (mannerisms or speech): Can you imitate his accent?
3. To copy exactly; reproduce: "drugs that can imitate the hormone's positive effects while reducing its adverse effects" (The Scientist).
4. To appear like; resemble: a fishing lure that imitates a minnow.

[Latin imitārī, imitāt-; see aim- in Indo-European roots.]

im′i·ta′tor n.
Synonyms: imitate, copy, mimic, ape, parody, simulate
These verbs mean to follow something or someone taken as a model. To imitate is to act like or follow a pattern or style set by another: "The Blue Jay is ... a renowned vocal mimic, with the uncanny ability to imitate hawk calls" (Marie Read).
To copy is to duplicate an original as precisely as possible: "His grandfather had spent a laborious life-time in Rome, copying the Old Masters for a generation which lacked the facile resource of the camera" (Edith Wharton).
To mimic is to make a close imitation, often to ridicule: "[He] mimicked the vacuum salesman as he explained his attachments, clearing his throat before each sentence, twisting the phantom hose" (Deirdre McNamer).
To ape is to follow another's lead, often with an absurd result: "Those [superior] states of mind do not come from aping an alien culture" (John Russell).
To parody is either to imitate comically or to attempt a serious imitation and fail: "All these peculiarities [of Samuel Johnson's literary style] have been imitated by his admirers and parodied by his assailants" (Thomas Macaulay).
To simulate is to replicate something's appearance or character: "An ecological community can sometimes simulate the intricate harmony of a single organism" (Richard Dawkins).

imitate

(ˈɪmɪˌteɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to try to follow the manner, style, character, etc, of or take as a model: many writers imitated the language of Shakespeare.
2. to pretend to be or to impersonate, esp for humour; mimic
3. to make a copy or reproduction of; duplicate; counterfeit
4. to make or be like; resemble or simulate: her achievements in politics imitated her earlier successes in business.
[C16: from Latin imitārī; see image]
ˈimitable adj
ˌimitaˈbility, ˈimitableness n
ˈimiˌtator n

im•i•tate

(ˈɪm ɪˌteɪt)

v.t. -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
1. to follow as a model or example.
2. to mimic; impersonate.
3. to make a copy of; reproduce closely.
4. to have or assume the appearance of; simulate.
[1525–35; < Latin imitārī to copy]
im′i•ta`tor, n.

imitate


Past participle: imitated
Gerund: imitating

Imperative
imitate
imitate
Present
I imitate
you imitate
he/she/it imitates
we imitate
you imitate
they imitate
Preterite
I imitated
you imitated
he/she/it imitated
we imitated
you imitated
they imitated
Present Continuous
I am imitating
you are imitating
he/she/it is imitating
we are imitating
you are imitating
they are imitating
Present Perfect
I have imitated
you have imitated
he/she/it has imitated
we have imitated
you have imitated
they have imitated
Past Continuous
I was imitating
you were imitating
he/she/it was imitating
we were imitating
you were imitating
they were imitating
Past Perfect
I had imitated
you had imitated
he/she/it had imitated
we had imitated
you had imitated
they had imitated
Future
I will imitate
you will imitate
he/she/it will imitate
we will imitate
you will imitate
they will imitate
Future Perfect
I will have imitated
you will have imitated
he/she/it will have imitated
we will have imitated
you will have imitated
they will have imitated
Future Continuous
I will be imitating
you will be imitating
he/she/it will be imitating
we will be imitating
you will be imitating
they will be imitating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been imitating
you have been imitating
he/she/it has been imitating
we have been imitating
you have been imitating
they have been imitating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been imitating
you will have been imitating
he/she/it will have been imitating
we will have been imitating
you will have been imitating
they will have been imitating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been imitating
you had been imitating
he/she/it had been imitating
we had been imitating
you had been imitating
they had been imitating
Conditional
I would imitate
you would imitate
he/she/it would imitate
we would imitate
you would imitate
they would imitate
Past Conditional
I would have imitated
you would have imitated
he/she/it would have imitated
we would have imitated
you would have imitated
they would have imitated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.imitate - reproduce someone's behavior or looks; "The mime imitated the passers-by"; "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"
conform to, follow - behave in accordance or in agreement with; "Follow a pattern"; "Follow my example"
mock - imitate with mockery and derision; "The children mocked their handicapped classmate"
reproduce - make a copy or equivalent of; "reproduce the painting"
take off - mimic or imitate in an amusing or satirical manner; "This song takes off from a famous aria"
mime, mimic - imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect; "The actor mimicked the President very accurately"
model, pattern - plan or create according to a model or models
take after, follow - imitate in behavior; take as a model; "Teenagers follow their friends in everything"
emulate - strive to equal or match, especially by imitating; "He is emulating the skating skills of his older sister"
2.imitate - appear like, as in behavior or appearance; "Life imitate art"
resemble - appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to; "She resembles her mother very much"; "This paper resembles my own work"
ape - imitate uncritically and in every aspect; "Her little brother apes her behavior"
emulate - imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software
follow suit - do what someone else is doing
3.imitate - make a reproduction or copy of
re-create, copy - make a replica of; "copy that drawing"; "re-create a picture by Rembrandt"

imitate

verb
1. copy, follow, repeat, echo, emulate, ape, simulate, mirror, follow suit, duplicate, counterfeit, follow in the footsteps of, take a leaf out of (someone's) book a precedent which may be imitated by other activists
2. do an impression of, take off (informal), mimic, do (informal), affect, copy, mock, parody, caricature, send up (Brit. informal), spoof (informal), impersonate, burlesque, personate He screwed up his face and imitated the Colonel.

imitate

verb
1. To take as a model or make conform to a model:
copy, emulate, follow, model (on, upon, or after), pattern (on, upon, or after).
Idioms: follow in the footsteps of, follow suit, follow the example of.
2. To copy (the manner or expression of another), especially in an exaggerated or mocking way:
3. To copy (another) slavishly:
4. To make a copy of:
Translations
يُحاكي، يُقَلِّديُقَلِّدُ
napodobit
efterligneimitere
matkima
matkia
imitirati
imitálutánoz
líkja eftir
模倣する
모방하다
imitacijaimitatoriusimitavimasimituojantismėgdžiojantis
imitēt, atdarināt
posnemati
imitera
เลียนแบบ
bắt chướcnhái

imitate

[ˈɪmɪteɪt] VT [+ person, action, accent] → imitar (pej) → remedar; [+ signature, writing] → reproducir, copiar

imitate

[ˈɪmɪteɪt] vt
(= copy) → imiter
(= impersonate) → imiter

imitate

vt
(= copy) person, accent etcimitieren, nachmachen, nachahmen; children learn by imitating their parentsKinder lernen dadurch, dass sie ihre Eltern nachahmen
(= counterfeit)nachmachen, imitieren

imitate

[ˈɪmɪˌteɪt] vtimitare

imitate

(ˈimiteit) verb
to (try to) be, behave or look the same as (a person etc). Children imitate their friends rather than their parents; He could imitate the song of many different birds.
ˌimiˈtation noun
1. the act of imitating. Children learn how to speak by imitation.
2. a copy. an imitation of an ancient statue.
adjective
made to look like something else. imitation wood.
ˈimitative (-tətiv) adjective
ˈimitativeness noun
ˈimitator noun
a person who imitates.

imitate

يُقَلِّدُ napodobit efterligne imitieren μιμούμαι imitar matkia imiter imitirati imitare 模倣する 모방하다 imiteren imitere imitować imitar подражать imitera เลียนแบบ taklit etmek bắt chước 模仿

imitate

vt. imitar, copiar.
References in classic literature ?
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If the daily and punctual return of the same steps to the same path is not happiness, it imitates happiness so well that men driven by the storms of an agitated life to reflect upon the blessings of tranquillity would say that here was happiness ENOUGH.
In dancing, rhythm alone is used without 'harmony'; for even dancing imitates character, emotion, and action, by rhythmical movement.
Music, how many species of it, in; why a part of education, 240; how far it should be taught, 242, 243; professors of it considered as mean people, 244; imitates the
Our Order imitates the ancient societies that explained their teaching by hieroglyphics.
If the sound of the words actually imitates the sound of the thing indicated, the effect is called Onomatopoeia.
The boy early developed a mechanical genius which delighted his father and distracted his mother, for he tried to imitate every machine he saw, and kept the nursery in a chaotic condition, with his `sewinsheen', a mysterious structure of string, chairs, clothespins, and spools, for wheels to go
By conversing with the HOUYHNHNMS, and looking upon them with delight, I fell to imitate their gait and gesture, which is now grown into a habit; and my friends often tell me, in a blunt way, "that I trot like a horse;" which, however, I take for a great compliment.
I say, too, that when a painter desires to become famous in his art he endeavours to copy the originals of the rarest painters that he knows; and the same rule holds good for all the most important crafts and callings that serve to adorn a state; thus must he who would be esteemed prudent and patient imitate Ulysses, in whose person and labours Homer presents to us a lively picture of prudence and patience; as Virgil, too, shows us in the person of AEneas the virtue of a pious son and the sagacity of a brave and skilful captain; not representing or describing them as they were, but as they ought to be, so as to leave the example of their virtues to posterity.
A wise man ought always to follow the paths beaten by great men, and to imitate those who have been supreme, so that if his ability does not equal theirs, at least it will savour of it.
I was told, almost in the same words, of the same ludicrous habit among the Caffres; the Australians, likewise, have long been notorious for being able to imitate and describe the gait of any man, so that he may be recognized.
In saying this, I intended to imply that we must come to an understanding about the mimetic art,--whether the poets, in narrating their stories, are to be allowed by us to imitate, and if so, whether in whole or in part, and if the latter, in what parts; or should all imitation be prohibited?