Definition of imitate in US English:

imitate

verb

  • 1Take or follow as a model.

    ‘his style was imitated by many other writers’
    • ‘The company is providing a business model widely imitated by other corporations, especially its competitors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Chicago model was imitated or at least adapted elsewhere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The styles and ideas of the previous century were imitated by many artists of lesser quality.’
    • ‘Are the arts condemned, in short, whatever fertility one attributes to their techniques, to the eternal monotony of imitating the first models?’
    • ‘They are submerged in American culture, singing American pop songs and imitating cultural behaviors.’
    • ‘So why not imitate nature to extract renewable energy without harming the environment?’
    • ‘While Pop Art only lasted a few years, it continues to be imitated by artists and designers.’
    • ‘In other words, art is simply imitating life and by analyzing pop culture we get a bearing on society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The dynamics used in the Pixies' sounds have been imitated widely in present-day rock music.’
    • ‘A class of urbanized government officials and professionals developed that often imitated styles of the earlier aristocracy.’
    • ‘I was kind of angry, but also proud that my work had been imitated so closely.’
    • ‘And also, importantly, that it does not merely imitate existing models, but itself becomes the example that all others will follow.’
    • ‘Oddly, there's a sense that some current contenders are simply slavishly imitating their post-punk forebears.’
    • ‘Although he could not read music, he had a keen ear and often imitated the styles of other musicians.’
    • ‘However, Carter never merely imitated, and he produced work of very high finish.’
    • ‘Many techniques that imitate nature - collectively known as biomimetic technologies - are prohibitively expensive.’
    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 Scottish accent’
      • ‘In his defence, he claimed that he was merely imitating the film's hero.’
      • ‘With the presenter's help, Lipan imitated the gestures and the speech of a psychic but did it with a lot of sarcasm.’
      • ‘He had grown fairly adept at imitating Jimjim's clipped speech.’
      • ‘To imitate the musical speech of children, Mahler uses a pentatonic interspersed melodic.’
      • ‘He would imitate Cameron's mannerisms and everything.’
      • ‘Most of their affectionate banter borders on the painful humiliating putdown, with Jamie loving to imitate Paul's manic mannerisms behind his back.’
      • ‘There is nothing wrong in imitating mannerisms found in every human being.’
      • ‘When recalling the conversation, she imitates his voice with a slow, rocking-chair-like southern accent.’
      • ‘The way I speak is normal to me, but I will attempt to imitate your speech.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As children witness these behaviors, they sometimes imitate what they have experienced or observed.’
      • ‘Since her very early childhood, she has been addicted to elocution, imitating the voices and expressions of other people.’
      • ‘Timmy then promptly began imitating a blonde model, screaming and fluttering his eyelashes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When Jen talks to the Mail Girl, she can't resist imitating her British 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.’
      • ‘With younger students, rubato is taught through modeling (students imitating the teacher's timing) and playing teacher-student duets.’
      • ‘Zoe carefully imitated what Brian had done and began climbing down the other side.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Art that merely imitated nature - portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes - was secondary.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Simulation is an analytical method designed to imitate a real-life system.’
      • ‘Bed rest can closely imitate some of the detrimental effects of weightlessness on the body.’
      • ‘They learn from doing, from a simulated experience that very closely imitates real life scenarios.’
      • ‘At its most basic, a paramilitary group was structured to resemble or imitate a command or military organization.’
      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

/ˈiməˌtāt//ˈɪməˌteɪt/