Definition of imitation in English:

imitation

noun

  • 1The action of using someone or something as a model.

    ‘a child learns to speak by imitation’
    • ‘The imitation of classical models was less common than on the Continent and, except for Jonson, no important writer paid strict attention to the rules humanist critics had formulated.’
    • ‘Obedience cannot, moreover, be a matter for isolated preoccupation, in the search for models for our imitation.’
    • ‘Mimicry is imitation and imitation is the best form of flattery.’
    • ‘Genuinely angry, our model imitator and model for imitation copies the rhetorical form naturally used by angry men.’
    • ‘The model nature of Windsor involved imitation, as of the Tudor style, to make a statement with a lot of leisure about it.’
    • ‘His works have inspired countless imitations the world over.’
    • ‘These actions are then imitated, because imitation is both common to and necessary for the species, and this leads to the behaviour spreading.’
    • ‘In the imitation of nature, as in nature itself, balance is important.’
    • ‘The popularity of this model of imitation is reflected in the various metaphors that Renaissance and Baroque authors generated to describe the process.’
    • ‘His theory of music was an unbridled acceptance of realism - the imitation of nature in myriad ways.’
    • ‘They're used in imitation and imitation is a crucial part of being able to build a model that allows us to anticipate what somebody else would do in a certain circumstance.’
    • ‘We now have running turf wars by vested interests which place the welfare of the patient and the accession to treatment at the bottom of the system in supine imitation of the British model.’
    • ‘If ruthlessness is allowed to triumph on the island, it will spawn imitations elsewhere.’
    • ‘The deliberate imitation of classical models was a central part of the English grammar-school education.’
    • ‘Aristotle asserted the value of poetry by focusing on imitation rather than rhetoric.’
    • ‘I've seen no convincing evidence of any slavish imitation, at least until now.’
    • ‘There is a difference, he observes, between intelligent decentralized decisionmaking and slavish imitation.’
    • ‘Humans learn to speak by imitation, and are astonishingly good at it.’
    • ‘Is the model a worthy or deserving target of prankish imitation?’
    • ‘Repeatedly, he stressed that the imitation of general nature was the highest aim of art.’
    emulation, copying, following, echoing, parroting
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    1. 1.1An act of imitating a person's speech or mannerisms, especially for comic effect.
      ‘he attempted an atrocious imitation of my English accent’
      • ‘In fact, it would be just as effectual as the sight of Em's leprechaun imitation.’
      • ‘‘Uh, eating my breakfast,’ I replied in my own imitation of her snooty voice.’
      • ‘Sophia changed her voice in imitation of my father.’
      • ‘Carissa clapped her hands together in an accurate imitation for effect.’
      • ‘In his show he exploited a talent for mimicry that manifested itself in a Moira Anderson imitation when he was seven, and then in wicked parodies of his teachers.’
      • ‘Here he employs an improbably effective Paul Lynde imitation for much of his delivery.’
      • ‘His imitation was a poor caricature of his boss's brawny presence, his hands lost in the cuffs of a shirt meant for someone broader.’
      • ‘‘Like, duh,’ I rolled my eyes in a valley girl imitation, flipping my hair for good effect.’
      • ‘His rare attempts at communication are through imitation and usually in only one or two words.’
    2. 1.2Music
      The repetition of a phrase or melody in another part or voice, usually at a different pitch.
      • ‘One could consider this a contrapuntal jeu d' esprit, with rapid lines of imitation and stretto, but for its character of psychological unease.’
      • ‘The piece has imitation throughout, and the two piano parts are evenly dispersed thematically and in difficulty level.’
      • ‘In this early work, moreover, Crawford still relies on traditional phrasing and contrapuntal imitation, so the listener has that rock to hold on to.’
      • ‘Parker's setting are starker, more monumental, more dependent on modes, open fifths, and contrapuntal imitation.’
      • ‘He relished the opportunities inherent in the imitative style, especially what happens when imitation is allowed to lose its usually rigid tonal control.’
  • 2A thing intended to simulate or copy something else.

    [as modifier] ‘an imitation diamond’
    • ‘A jacket made of black imitation leather was preventing the midnight chill.’
    • ‘Some of the fish used is even cooked, like imitation crab and eel.’
    • ‘Sometimes one products hits, and there's money to be made off of imitations and homologues.’
    • ‘These works are often replicas or imitations of ancient Greek and Roman art.’
    • ‘We are told the police may shoot people carrying imitation guns by mistake.’
    • ‘He was searched and a blue plastic imitation handgun costing £1.50 was found in his tracksuit pocket.’
    • ‘Painted imitations were a cheap and easy version of this complex and expensive art form.’
    • ‘It means even drinkers of cheap imitations of champagne pay an extra 50p a bottle.’
    • ‘Oh you studied creatures, you flimsy confections of powder and resin, set in tinsel and imitation leather!’
    • ‘People should not take imitation weapons to an international airport hotel and leave them lying around unattended.’
    • ‘The chairs were tailored with cheap imitation leather and had many slits.’
    • ‘We've seen these tubs framed in to make poor imitations of modern tubs.’
    • ‘Surely, there could be imitations and really good reproductions, but these cannot be considered original art.’
    • ‘Officers will distribute posters and leaflets about the dangers of selling and using imitation weapons.’
    • ‘Without such protection, cheap imitations of your products can quickly eat up profits.’
    • ‘This one was definitely real, not the cheap imitations the tourists go to.’
    • ‘Devices designed to distinguish between diamond and imitations rely on these properties.’
    • ‘Make sure that you're buying the real thing and not a cheap imitation.’
    • ‘Five imitation handguns including a fake M16 machine gun and four fake handguns were also seized during the swoop.’
    • ‘In one robbery, the gang used an imitation firearm to threaten their victims.’
    copy, simulation, reproduction, replica
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin imitatio(n-), from the verb imitari (see imitate).

Pronunciation:

imitation

/ˌiməˈtāSH(ə)n/