Definition of imitate in English:

imitate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Take or follow as a model.

    ‘his style was imitated by many other writers’
    • ‘However, Carter never merely imitated, and he produced work of very high finish.’
    • ‘And also, importantly, that it does not merely imitate existing models, but itself becomes the example that all others will follow.’
    • ‘While handing over the charter to the President, the students were conscious of the fact that the youth imitated their role models in films and therefore sensitising film actors and directors was the most apt thing to do.’
    • ‘Many techniques that imitate nature - collectively known as biomimetic technologies - are prohibitively expensive.’
    • ‘In other words, art is simply imitating life and by analyzing pop culture we get a bearing on society.’
    • ‘They are submerged in American culture, singing American pop songs and imitating cultural behaviors.’
    • ‘Although he could not read music, he had a keen ear and often imitated the styles of other musicians.’
    • ‘A class of urbanized government officials and professionals developed that often imitated styles of the earlier aristocracy.’
    • ‘The Chicago model was imitated or at least adapted elsewhere.’
    • ‘If children were to learn the right attitudes, they ought to start right from a very young age, with older people functioning as role models to be imitated.’
    • ‘I was kind of angry, but also proud that my work had been imitated so closely.’
    • ‘While Pop Art only lasted a few years, it continues to be imitated by artists and designers.’
    • ‘The styles and ideas of the previous century were imitated by many artists of lesser quality.’
    • ‘The dynamics used in the Pixies' sounds have been imitated widely in present-day rock music.’
    • ‘The company is providing a business model widely imitated by other corporations, especially its competitors.’
    • ‘Oddly, there's a sense that some current contenders are simply slavishly imitating their post-punk forebears.’
    • ‘Are the arts condemned, in short, whatever fertility one attributes to their techniques, to the eternal monotony of imitating the first models?’
    • ‘So why not imitate nature to extract renewable energy without harming the environment?’
    • ‘For children are what we make them, and however much we lecture them they'll imitate a role model of their choice, be it a favourite sports personality, pop artist, TV soap star, or film actor.’
    emulate, copy, take as a model, model oneself on, take as a pattern, pattern oneself after, pattern oneself on, follow the example of, take as an example, take as a role model, take after, follow, follow in someone's footsteps, follow in someone's steps
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    1. 1.1 Copy (a person's speech or mannerisms), especially for comic effect.
      ‘she imitated my Scots accent’
      • ‘When he graduates with a BA, he's already talking like a doctor, imitates doctors' mannerisms, and has developed a bedside manner - all before he even gets to medical school.’
      • ‘That is, motivated by prestige and upward mobility, lower class women try to imitate the speech of the upper class but miss the target and end up with affrication rather than frication.’
      • ‘Timmy then promptly began imitating a blonde model, screaming and fluttering his eyelashes.’
      • ‘With younger students, rubato is taught through modeling (students imitating the teacher's timing) and playing teacher-student duets.’
      • ‘In contrast to common chimps, at six months of age Kanzi engaged in much vocal babbling and seemed to be trying to imitate human speech.’
      • ‘To imitate the musical speech of children, Mahler uses a pentatonic interspersed melodic.’
      • ‘There is nothing wrong in imitating mannerisms found in every human being.’
      • ‘He had grown fairly adept at imitating Jimjim's clipped speech.’
      • ‘As children witness these behaviors, they sometimes imitate what they have experienced or observed.’
      • ‘With the presenter's help, Lipan imitated the gestures and the speech of a psychic but did it with a lot of sarcasm.’
      • ‘In his defence, he claimed that he was merely imitating the film's hero.’
      • ‘When recalling the conversation, she imitates his voice with a slow, rocking-chair-like southern accent.’
      • ‘The mere simplicity of the film is appealing, and some of the awkward, unsteady dialogue seems to imitate the conversations that can be found in real life coffee shops.’
      • ‘Most of their affectionate banter borders on the painful humiliating putdown, with Jamie loving to imitate Paul's manic mannerisms behind his back.’
      • ‘The way I speak is normal to me, but I will attempt to imitate your speech.’
      • ‘He would imitate Cameron's mannerisms and everything.’
      • ‘He spoke slowly and clearly in his Elneside dialect, instead of imitating the speech of the easterners as he often did now in order to be easily understood.’
      • ‘Zoe carefully imitated what Brian had done and began climbing down the other side.’
      • ‘Since her very early childhood, she has been addicted to elocution, imitating the voices and expressions of other people.’
      • ‘When Jen talks to the Mail Girl, she can't resist imitating her British accent.’
      mimic, do an impression of, impersonate, ape
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    2. 1.2 Copy or simulate.
      ‘synthetic fabrics can now imitate everything from silk to rubber’
      • ‘Art that merely imitated nature - portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes - was secondary.’
      • ‘But some simulations imitate real people and economies more closely than others, just as some physics models produce more authentic collisions.’
      • ‘For example, simulations can be used to imitate a specific market situation.’
      • ‘They learn from doing, from a simulated experience that very closely imitates real life scenarios.’
      • ‘Bed rest can closely imitate some of the detrimental effects of weightlessness on the body.’
      • ‘At its most basic, a paramilitary group was structured to resemble or imitate a command or military organization.’
      • ‘Simulation is an analytical method designed to imitate a real-life system.’
      • ‘However, mountain chalets (country houses) built by city-dwellers as vacation homes often imitate the older rural styles.’
      • ‘The resulting sound is not unlike that of an organ, and different settings imitate different registrations while a reverberation unit can simulate different acoustic conditions.’
      resemble, look like, be like, simulate
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin imitat- ‘copied’, from the verb imitari; related to imago ‘image’.

Pronunciation

imitate

/ˈɪmɪteɪt/