imitate

I
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To follow the example of]
Syn. emulate, follow suit, do likewise, take as a model; see follow 2 .
2. [To act like]
Syn. mimic, impersonate, mirror, copy, mime, ape, parrot, parody, mock, simulate, duplicate, assume, repeat, echo, reecho, reflect, pretend, play a part, personate, do like*, make like*, take off*, put on*; see also parody .
3. [To copy]
Syn. duplicate, counterfeit, fake; see copy 2 , reproduce 1 .
4. [To resemble]
Syn. look like, be like, simulate, parallel; see resemble .
Syn.- imitate implies the following of something as an example or model but does not necessarily connote exact correspondence with the original [ the child imitates her father's mannerisms ] ; copy implies as nearly exact imitation or reproduction as is possible [ to copy a painting ] ; mimic suggests close imitation, often in fun or ridicule [ to mimic the speech peculiarities of another ] ; mock implies imitation with the intent to deride or affront [ he mocked the teacher's gesture of rebuke ] ; ape implies close imitation either in mimicry or in servile emulation [ she aped the fashions of the court ladies ]
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
copy, mimic, match, emulate, follow suit, ape, impersonate, clone, simulate, replicate, mirror, parrot, caricature, model after.
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To take as a model or make conform to a model: copy, emulate, follow, model (on, upon, or after), pattern (on, upon, or after). Idioms: follow in the footsteps of, follow suit, follow the example of. See SAME. 2. To copy (the manner or expression of another), especially in an exaggerated or mocking way: ape, burlesque, caricature, mimic, mock, parody, travesty. Idiom: do a takeoff on. See SAME. 3. To copy (another) slavishly: echo, image, mimic, mirror, parrot, reflect, repeat. See SAME. 4. To make a copy of: copy, duplicate, replicate, reproduce, simulate. See SAME.

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  • Imitate — Im i*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Imitated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Imitating}.] [L. imitatus, p. p. of imitari to imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. {Image}.] 1. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to copy, in acts, manners etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imitate — [im′i tāt΄] vt. imitated, imitating [< L imitatus, pp. of imitari, to imitate, akin to aemulus: see EMULATE] 1. to seek to follow the example of; take as one s model or pattern 2. to act the same as; impersonate; mimic 3. to reproduce in form …   English World dictionary

  • imitate — ► VERB 1) follow as a model. 2) copy (a person s speech or mannerisms), especially for comic effect. 3) reproduce; simulate: synthetic fabrics that imitate silk. DERIVATIVES imitable adjective imitator noun. ORIGIN Latin imitari, related to …   English terms dictionary

  • imitate — I verb adopt, caricature, copy, counterfeit, duplicate, echo, emulate, fabricate, fake, follow suit, forge, impersonate, match, mimic, mirror, parallel, parody, parrot, plagiarize, portray, pose, pretend, reflect, repeat, represent, reproduce,… …   Law dictionary

  • imitate — (v.) 1530s, a back formation from IMITATION (Cf. imitation) or imitator, or else from L. imitatus. Related: Imitated; imitating. An Old English word for this was æfterhyrigan …   Etymology dictionary

  • imitate — *copy, mimic, ape, mock Analogous words: impersonate (see ACT vb): simulate, feign, counterfeit (see ASSUME): caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty (see under CARICATURE n) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • imitate — has a derivative form imitable meaning ‘able to be imitated’ …   Modern English usage

  • imitate — [v] pretend to be; do an impression of act like, affect, ape, assume, be like, borrow, burlesque, carbon*, caricature, clone, copy, counterfeit, ditto*, do like*, do likewise, duplicate, echo, emulate, falsify, feign, follow, follow in footsteps* …   New thesaurus

  • imitate — 01. My friend can [imitate] the teacher s voice so well that if you don t see him when he s doing it, you think it is her. 02. There is an expression that says that [imitation] is the sincerest form of flattery. 03. Francois de La Rouchefoucauld… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • imitate — imitator, n. /im i tayt /, v.t., imitated, imitating. 1. to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example: to imitate an author s style; to imitate an older brother. 2. to mimic; impersonate: The students imitated the teacher behind her back …   Universalium

  • imitate — im|i|tate [ˈımıteıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of imitari] 1.) to copy the way someone behaves, speaks, moves etc, especially in order to make people laugh ▪ She was a splendid mimic and loved to imitate Winston… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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