Definition of simulate in English:



  • 1 Imitate the appearance or character of.

    ‘red ocher intended to simulate blood’
    • ‘People might call them simulations, but since we're not necessarily simulating anything real I prefer to call them experiments.’
    • ‘Students simulating minor injuries told The Carillon it had been an interesting experience.’
    • ‘Online communities are especially addictive for children, because it simulates a level of control in their lives that they don't actually have.’
    • ‘Concrete countertops and concrete carved to simulate rockwork are some of the more interesting and high-profile applications of decorative concrete.’
    • ‘The difficulty in communication is simulated by the one move/piece per turn restriction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grid simulates the appearance of individual panes of glass, and also offers the advantage of easy removability to simplify both painting and cleaning.’
    • ‘Daily activities often focus on communication or simulate situations for participants to experience.’
    • ‘His movies simulate one of the least pretentious activities of all - people-watching.’
    • ‘But if we make the duration large enough, we're simulating a temperature close to zero.’
    • ‘He explains that the video was supposed to go through a film filter, simulating the appearance of film.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the dead giveaway on almost any of these fraudulent emails is not the painstakingly simulated appearance or the sophisticated coding, but the grammar!’
    • ‘Instead of having them don fake beards to simulate age, he allows their youthful appetite for experiment to emerge.’
    • ‘To simulate conditions out on a boat, they read only the instructions attached to the jacket, not the entire user's manual.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An open label design was chosen to simulate the conditions under which a healthcare provider or migraine patient might introduce a new therapy.’
    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. 1.1Pretend to have or feel (an emotion)
      ‘it was impossible to force a smile, to simulate pleasure’
      • ‘With a slogan in the imperative for every page, each designed to stimulate or simulate happiness, the calendar is a study in conventional contentment.’
      • ‘She simulates affection for him.’
      • ‘Where once we had professional mourners to simulate grief on behalf of the vastly relieved, we now have mute indifference.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At best, they claim, clever programming might allow it to simulate human emotions, but these would just be clever fakes.’
      • ‘The message seems to be that it's inhuman to torture a nonhuman who simulates human emotion convincingly enough.’
      • ‘One wonders why it is not said that the pleasure is simulated.’
      • ‘It's not easy to simulate their inner confidence while on national television, but it won't hurt to try.’
      • ‘He tried to simulate emotions so that Ant would not become too suspicious.’
      • ‘In the end, simulated excitement was an apt metaphor for the Genies.’
      • ‘Don't get emotional, though it isn't necessarily bad to simulate some emotion in order to change an opponent's behavior.’
      • ‘The spaces are designed to make the visitor feel disoriented, to simulate the feeling of those who were exiled.’
      • ‘However, we are at least satisfied that the distress was not simulated.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Produce a computer model of.
      ‘future population changes were simulated by computer’
      • ‘Several computer models, simulating the movement of dust in the atmosphere, were used to track its journey in this study.’
      • ‘To identify the best way to control the cantilever, the researchers used computer models to simulate both chemically and electrically based switching mechanisms.’
      • ‘The constructive simulation is a computer model that simulates the roles of large numbers of participants on the battlefield.’
      • ‘Other researchers already had made some progress simulating turbulence with powerful computer models.’
      • ‘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.