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IMITATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does imitate mean? 

IMITATE (verb)
  The verb IMITATE has 3 senses:

1. reproduce someone's behavior or looks
2. appear like, as in behavior or appearance
3. make a reproduction or copy of

  Familiarity information: IMITATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMITATE (verb)


Sense 1imitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reproduce someone's behavior or looks

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

imitate; simulate; copy

Context examples:

The mime imitated the passers-by / Children often copy their parents or older siblings

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

reproduce (make a copy or equivalent of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "imitate"):

conform to; follow (behave in accordance or in agreement with)

emulate (strive to equal or match, especially by imitating)

follow; take after (imitate in behavior; take as a model)

model; pattern (plan or create according to a model or models)

mime; mimic (imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect)

take off (mimic or imitate in an amusing or satirical manner)

mock (imitate with mockery and derision)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2imitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appear like, as in behavior or appearance

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

Life imitate art

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

resemble (appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "imitate"):

ape (imitate uncritically and in every aspect)

emulate (imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software)

follow suit (do what someone else is doing)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 3imitate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a reproduction or copy of

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

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

copy; re-create (make a replica of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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