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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 ?
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?
And this is equally true of imitation; no one man can imitate many things as well as he would imitate a single one?
For as there are persons who, by conscious art or mere habit, imitate and represent various objects through the medium of colour and form, or again by the voice; so in the arts above mentioned, taken as a whole, the imitation is produced by rhythm, language, or 'harmony,' either singly or combined.
In dancing, rhythm alone is used without 'harmony'; for even dancing imitates character, emotion, and action, by rhythmical movement.
Returning to the proceedings of him of the Rueful Countenance when he found himself alone, the history says that when Don Quixote had completed the performance of the somersaults or capers, naked from the waist down and clothed from the waist up, and saw that Sancho had gone off without waiting to see any more crazy feats, he climbed up to the top of a high rock, and there set himself to consider what he had several times before considered without ever coming to any conclusion on the point, namely whether it would be better and more to his purpose to imitate the outrageous madness of Roland, or the melancholy madness of Amadis; and communing with himself he said:
If he was persuaded that this was true, and that his lady had wronged him, it is no wonder that he should have gone mad; but I, how am I to imitate him in his madness, unless I can imitate him in the cause of it?
Though we have properly enough entitled this our work, a history, and not a life; nor an apology for a life, as is more in fashion; yet we intend in it rather to pursue the method of those writers, who profess to disclose the revolutions of countries, than to imitate the painful and voluminous historian, who, to preserve the regularity of his series, thinks himself obliged to fill up as much paper with the detail of months and years in which nothing remarkable happened, as he employs upon those notable aeras when the greatest scenes have been transacted on the human stage.
We therefore, who are the registers of that lottery, shall imitate those sagacious persons who deal in that which is drawn at Guildhall, and who never trouble the public with the many blanks they dispose of; but when a great prize happens to be drawn, the newspapers are presently filled with it, and the world is sure to be informed at whose office it was sold: indeed, commonly two or three different offices lay claim to the honour of having disposed of it; by which, I suppose, the adventurers are given to understand that certain brokers are in the secrets of Fortune, and indeed of her cabinet council.
Richard, a professed admirer of the joyous science in all its branches, could imitate either the minstrel or troubadour.
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.
Since he knew nothing of this, and drew his inspiration, not directly from life, but indirectly from life embodied in art, his inspiration came very quickly and easily, and as quickly and easily came his success in painting something very similar to the sort of painting he was trying to imitate.
I could not imitate Pope without imitating his methods, and his method was to the last degree intelligent.