imitate

  • 1 Imitate — Im i*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imitated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imitating}.] [L. imitatus, p. p. of imitari to imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. {Image}.] 1. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to copy, in acts, manners etc.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 imitate — [im′i tāt΄] vt. imitated, imitating [< L imitatus, pp. of imitari, to imitate, akin to aemulus: see EMULATE] 1. to seek to follow the example of; take as one s model or pattern 2. to act the same as; impersonate; mimic 3. to reproduce in form …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 imitate — ► VERB 1) follow as a model. 2) copy (a person s speech or mannerisms), especially for comic effect. 3) reproduce; simulate: synthetic fabrics that imitate silk. DERIVATIVES imitable adjective imitator noun. ORIGIN Latin imitari, related to …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 imitate — I verb adopt, caricature, copy, counterfeit, duplicate, echo, emulate, fabricate, fake, follow suit, forge, impersonate, match, mimic, mirror, parallel, parody, parrot, plagiarize, portray, pose, pretend, reflect, repeat, represent, reproduce,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 imitate — (v.) 1530s, a back formation from IMITATION (Cf. imitation) or imitator, or else from L. imitatus. Related: Imitated; imitating. An Old English word for this was æfterhyrigan …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 imitate — *copy, mimic, ape, mock Analogous words: impersonate (see ACT vb): simulate, feign, counterfeit (see ASSUME): caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty (see under CARICATURE n) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 imitate — has a derivative form imitable meaning ‘able to be imitated’ …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 imitate — [v] pretend to be; do an impression of act like, affect, ape, assume, be like, borrow, burlesque, carbon*, caricature, clone, copy, counterfeit, ditto*, do like*, do likewise, duplicate, echo, emulate, falsify, feign, follow, follow in footsteps* …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 imitate — 01. My friend can [imitate] the teacher s voice so well that if you don t see him when he s doing it, you think it is her. 02. There is an expression that says that [imitation] is the sincerest form of flattery. 03. Francois de La Rouchefoucauld… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 imitate — imitator, n. /im i tayt /, v.t., imitated, imitating. 1. to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example: to imitate an author s style; to imitate an older brother. 2. to mimic; impersonate: The students imitated the teacher behind her back …

    Universalium

  • 11 imitate — im|i|tate [ˈımıteıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of imitari] 1.) to copy the way someone behaves, speaks, moves etc, especially in order to make people laugh ▪ She was a splendid mimic and loved to imitate Winston… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 imitate — verb 1) other artists have imitated her style Syn: emulate, copy, model oneself on, follow, echo, parrot; informal rip off, knock off, pirate 2) he imitated Richard Nixon Syn: mimic, do an impression of, impe …

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  • 13 imitate — [[t]ɪ̱mɪteɪt[/t]] imitates, imitating, imitated 1) VERB If you imitate someone, you copy what they do or produce. [V n] ...a genuine German musical which does not try to imitate the American model. [V n] ...a precedent which may be imitated by… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 imitate */ — UK [ˈɪmɪteɪt] / US [ˈɪmɪˌteɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms imitate : present tense I/you/we/they imitate he/she/it imitates present participle imitating past tense imitated past participle imitated 1) to copy something Italian ice cream is… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 imitate — transitive verb ( tated; tating) Etymology: Latin imitatus, past participle of imitari more at image Date: 1534 1. to follow as a pattern, model, or example 2. to be or appear like ; resemble 3. to produce a copy of ; reproduce …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 imitate — verb Imitate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accent, ↑idol, ↑movement, ↑voice …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 imitate — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To follow the example of] Syn. emulate, follow suit, do likewise, take as a model; see follow 2 . 2. [To act like] Syn. mimic, impersonate, mirror, copy, mime, ape, parrot, parody, mock, simulate, duplicate, assume, repeat,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 imitate — verb follow as a model. ↘copy (a person s speech or mannerisms), especially for comic effect. ↘copy or simulate: concrete can be textured to imitate wood or brick. Derivatives imitable adjective imitator noun Origin C16 (earlier (ME) as… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 imitate — verb (T) 1 to copy something because you think it is good: Do kids really imitate the violence they see on TV? | Our methods have been imitated all over the world. 2 to copy the way someone behaves, speaks, moves etc, especially in order to make… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 imitate — verb 1) other artists have imitated his style Syn: copy, emulate, follow, echo, ape, parrot; informal rip off 2) he could imitate Winston Churchill Syn: mimic, do an impression of, impersonate; informal take someone off …

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