Definition of simulate in English:



  • 1Imitate the appearance or character of.

    ‘red ochre intended to simulate blood’
    • ‘Students simulating minor injuries told The Carillon it had been an interesting experience.’
    • ‘The difficulty in communication is simulated by the one move/piece per turn restriction.’
    • ‘His movies simulate one of the least pretentious activities of all - people-watching.’
    • ‘Yeast cells can be mistaken for red blood cells since they have a double refractile wall which may simulate the donut appearance of red cells.’
    • ‘Online communities are especially addictive for children, because it simulates a level of control in their lives that they don't actually have.’
    • ‘A series of fans help even out the temperature and simulate a natural growing environment, a series of lights prevents dormancy and a series of sensors control the irrigation system.’
    • ‘Thus, parts of long destroyed Jewish community life were visually simulated, momentarily recreated.’
    • ‘Pity the student found with a pocket knife, a table knife in his lunch sack or even a playful boy who might point his finger at his friend simulating a gun.’
    • ‘An open label design was chosen to simulate the conditions under which a healthcare provider or migraine patient might introduce a new therapy.’
    • ‘Concrete countertops and concrete carved to simulate rockwork are some of the more interesting and high-profile applications of decorative concrete.’
    • ‘Daily activities often focus on communication or simulate situations for participants to experience.’
    • ‘The grid simulates the appearance of individual panes of glass, and also offers the advantage of easy removability to simplify both painting and cleaning.’
    • ‘But if we make the duration large enough, we're simulating a temperature close to zero.’
    • ‘To simulate conditions out on a boat, they read only the instructions attached to the jacket, not the entire user's manual.’
    • ‘He explains that the video was supposed to go through a film filter, simulating the appearance of film.’
    • ‘Under the opulent chandelier of the Continental Hotel, well-heeled characters try to simulate bourgeois normality in a world of chaotic street battles and high-level skulduggery.’
    • ‘In a first for a TV series, the actors were filmed on parabolic flights to simulate zero gravity conditions so that they really are floating weightless in some of the scenes.’
    • ‘People might call them simulations, but since we're not necessarily simulating anything real I prefer to call them experiments.’
    • ‘Instead of having them don fake beards to simulate age, he allows their youthful appetite for experiment to emerge.’
    • ‘But the dead giveaway on almost any of these fraudulent emails is not the painstakingly simulated appearance or the sophisticated coding, but the grammar!’
    imitate, reproduce, replicate, duplicate, mimic, parallel, be a mock-up of
    artificial, imitation, fake, false, faux, mock, synthetic, man-made, manufactured, ersatz, plastic
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    1. 1.1 Pretend to have or feel (an emotion)
      ‘it was impossible to force a smile, to simulate pleasure’
      • ‘He tried to simulate emotions so that Ant would not become too suspicious.’
      • ‘Where once we had professional mourners to simulate grief on behalf of the vastly relieved, we now have mute indifference.’
      • ‘In the end, simulated excitement was an apt metaphor for the Genies.’
      • ‘I really enjoyed watching curling during the Winter Olympics and I feel that Winter Sports did a superb job of simulating the excitement of this intoxicating sport.’
      • ‘With a slogan in the imperative for every page, each designed to stimulate or simulate happiness, the calendar is a study in conventional contentment.’
      • ‘At best, they claim, clever programming might allow it to simulate human emotions, but these would just be clever fakes.’
      • ‘However, we are at least satisfied that the distress was not simulated.’
      • ‘The spaces are designed to make the visitor feel disoriented, to simulate the feeling of those who were exiled.’
      • ‘The message seems to be that it's inhuman to torture a nonhuman who simulates human emotion convincingly enough.’
      • ‘She simulates affection for him.’
      • ‘Don't get emotional, though it isn't necessarily bad to simulate some emotion in order to change an opponent's behavior.’
      • ‘Here's how it goes: in live theatre, you're in the same physical space as people who are simulating fury or misery or excitement or love.’
      • ‘Spielberg's films have the advantage of comparison, between live actors, who simulate terror, and monstrous reptiles that look so real you hold your breath when close to them.’
      • ‘It's not easy to simulate their inner confidence while on national television, but it won't hurt to try.’
      • ‘One wonders why it is not said that the pleasure is simulated.’
      feign, pretend, fake, sham, affect, put on, counterfeit, go through the motions of, give the appearance of
      feigned, fake, mock, pretended, affected, assumed, counterfeit, sham, insincere, not genuine, false, bogus, spurious
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    2. 1.2 Produce a computer model of.
      ‘future population changes were simulated by computer’
      • ‘The constructive simulation is a computer model that simulates the roles of large numbers of participants on the battlefield.’
      • ‘Several computer models, simulating the movement of dust in the atmosphere, were used to track its journey in this study.’
      • ‘Other researchers already had made some progress simulating turbulence with powerful computer models.’
      • ‘To identify the best way to control the cantilever, the researchers used computer models to simulate both chemically and electrically based switching mechanisms.’
      • ‘In 1997, Governato designed a computer model to simulate evolution of the universe from the big bang until the present.’


Mid 17th century (earlier ( Middle English) as simulation): from Latin simulat- ‘copied, represented’, from the verb simulare, from similis ‘like’.