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APE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ape mean? 

APE (noun)
  The noun APE has 3 senses:

1. any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all
2. someone who copies the words or behavior of another
3. person who resembles a nonhuman primate

  Familiarity information: APE used as a noun is uncommon.


APE (verb)
  The verb APE has 2 senses:

1. imitate uncritically and in every aspect
2. represent in or produce a caricature of

  Familiarity information: APE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


APE (noun)


Sense 1ape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("ape" is a kind of...):

primate (any placental mammal of the order Primates; has good eyesight and flexible hands and feet)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ape"):

anthropoid ape (any tailless ape of the families Pongidae and Hylobatidae)


Sense 2ape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who copies the words or behavior of another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

emulator; copycat; aper; ape; imitator

Hypernyms ("ape" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ape"):

epigon; epigone (an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician)

parrot (a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated)


Sense 3ape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Person who resembles a nonhuman primate

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

anthropoid; ape

Hypernyms ("ape" is a kind of...):

misfit (someone unable to adapt to their circumstances)


APE (verb)


Sense 1ape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Imitate uncritically and in every aspect

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

Her little brother apes her behavior

Hypernyms (to "ape" is one way to...):

imitate (appear like, as in behavior or appearance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2ape [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Represent in or produce a caricature of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

caricature; ape

Context example:

The drawing caricatured the President

Hypernyms (to "ape" is one way to...):

mock (imitate with mockery and derision)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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