One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘it was quite acceptable for artists to imitate other artists’
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
follow suit, take a leaf out of someone's book
informal rip off
2‘he was a splendid mimic, and loved to imitate Winston Churchill’
mimic, do an impression of, impersonate, ape
parody, caricature, burlesque, travesty, mock
masquerade as, pose as, pass oneself off as
informal take off, send up, spoof, do
North American informal make like
3‘the tombs imitated houses’
resemble, look like, be like, simulate
match, echo, mirror
bring to mind, remind one of
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