Definitions for: Imitate


[v] make a reproduction or copy of
[v] reproduce someone's behavior or looks; "The mime imitated the passers-by"; "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"
[v] appear like, as in behavior or appearance; "Life imitate art"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Despise wealth and imitate a dog. --Cowlay.

2. To produce a semblance or likeness of, in form, character,
color, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to
counterfeit; to copy.

A place picked out by choice of best alive The
Nature's work by art can imitate. --Spenser.

This hand appeared a shining sword to weild, And
that sustained an imitated shield. --Dryden.

3. (Biol.) To resemble (another species of animal, or a
plant, or inanimate object) in form, color, ornamentation,
or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage
thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one
in color and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates,
in color, one having secretion offensive to birds.

Synonyms: simulate

See Also: ape, conform to, copy, emulate, emulate, follow, follow suit, make, mime, mimic, mock, model, pattern, re-create, reproduce, resemble, take after, take off

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