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imitate

verb

  1. (reproduce)  to reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    Synonyms: copy, simulate. Type of: reproduce
  2. (resemble)  to appear like, as in behavior or appearance
    Type of: resemble
  3. (re-create)  to make a reproduction or copy of
    Type of: copy

Etymology summary

Latin imitatus, past participle of imitari ("to copy, portray, imitate"), from a...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Imitation

an advanced behavior whereby an individual observes and replicates another's behavior. Imitation is also a form of social learning that leads to the "development of traditions, and ultimately our culture. It allows for the transfer of information... (37 of 5412 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Imitation

Collins Dictionary:

imitate | mimic [synonym, sense-specific] | duplicate [synonym, sense-specific] | counterfeit [synonym, sense-specific] | imitable [adjective, derived]

to try to follow the manner, style, character, etc, of or take as a model | to pretend to be or to impersonate, especially for humour; mimic | to make ... (28 of 557 words, 4 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/imitate

Merriam-Webster:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | resemble [synonym, sense-specific] | reproduce [synonym, sense-specific] | mimic [synonym, sense-specific] | counterfeit [synonym, sense-specific] | ape [synonym, sense-specific] | copy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to follow as a pattern, model, or example | to be or appear like; "resemble" | to produce a copy of; "reproduce" | "mimic", "counterfeit" (22 of 137 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/imitate

Oxford Dictionary:

imitate | imitable [derived]

take or follow as a model | copy (a person's speech or mannerisms), especially for comic effect | copy or simulate (19 of 103 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/imitate

New World Dictionary:

imitate | imitatated [past tense] | imitatating [present participle] | imitable [adjective, related] | imitator [noun, related]

to seek to follow the example of; take as one's model or pattern | to act the same as; impersonate; mimic | to reproduce in form, color, etc.; make a ... (28 of 70 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/imitate

American Heritage Dictionary:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present] | imitator [noun, related]

To use or follow as a model. | To copy the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech of; mimic | To copy or use the style of | To copy exactly; ... (27 of 61 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/imitate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

imitate [transitive] | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

to copy something | to copy someone's actions, words, or behaviour, often in order to make people laugh (17 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/imitate

Random House Dictionary:

imitate | imitatated [past tense] | imitatating [present participle]

to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example. | to mimic; impersonate. | to make a copy of; reproduce closely. | to have or assume the ... (26 of 59 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/imitate

Cambridge Dictionary:

imitate

to behave in a similar way to someone or something else, or to copy the speech or behaviour, etc. of someone or something (23 of 51 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/imitate

Wiktionary:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

To follow as a model or a pattern; to make a copy, counterpart or semblance of. | To copy. (18 of 20 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/imitate

Encarta Dictionary:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

to adopt somebody else's behavior, voice, or manner, sometimes in order to make fun of him or her | to use somebody or something as a model, ... (26 of 306 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620236​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin imitatus, past participle of imitari ("to copy, portray, imitate"), from a deponent frequentive root *im, whence also imago ("a copy, image"), see image.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/imitate

Oxford Dictionary:

imitate

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin imitat- "copied", from the verb imitari; related to imago "image"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/imitate

Online Etymology:

imitate

First use: 1530s

Origin: a back formation from "imitation". An Old English word for this was æfterhyrigan.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=imitate

New World Dictionary:

imitate | imitatated [past tense] | imitatating [present participle]

Origin: Latin imitatus, past participle of imitari, to imitate, akin to aemulus: see "emulate"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/imitate

American Heritage Dictionary:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin imitārī, imitāt-; see aim- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/imitate

Collins Dictionary:

imitate

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin imitārī; see image

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/imitate

Merriam-Webster:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle]

First use: 1534

Origin: Latin imitatus, past participle of imitari

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/imitate

Encarta Dictionary:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin imitat-, past participle of imitari

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620236​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "imitate"

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Collins Dictionary:

imitate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "imitate"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

imitate [transitive] | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "imitate"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

imitate [transitive] | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "imitate"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

imitate

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "imitate"

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the Free Dictionary:

imitate

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Google Dictionary:

imitate | imitated [past tense] | imitating [present participle] | imitates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "imitate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

imitate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "imitate"

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YourDictionary Audio:

imitate

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