- 1imitate somebody/something to copy someone or something Her style of painting has been imitated by other artists. Art imitates Nature. Teachers provide a model for children to imitate. No computer can imitate the complex functions of the human brain.
- 2imitate somebody to copy the way a person speaks or behaves, in order to amuse people synonym mimic She knew that the girls used to imitate her and laugh at her behind her back.
NAmE//ˈɪməˌteɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they imitate
he / she / it imitates
past simple imitated
-ing form imitating