- 1[countable] a copy of something, especially something expensive a poor/cheap imitation of the real thing This latest production is a pale imitation of the original (= it is not nearly as good). imitation leather/pearls Thesaurusartificialsynthetic fake man-made false faux imitationThese words all describe things that are not real, or not naturally produced or grown.artificial made or produced to copy something natural; not real:artificial flowers artificial lightsynthetic made by combining chemical substances rather than being produced naturally by plants or animals:synthetic drugs shoes made of synthetic materialfake (sometimes disapproving) made to look like something else; not genuine:a fake designer watch a fake beard a fake-fur jacketman-made made by people; not natural:man-made fibers such as nylon a man-made lakefalse (somewhat formal) not natural; not genuine, but made to look real to cheat people:false teeth/eyelashes a suitcase with a false bottomfaux not natural, but made to look or seem real:chairs covered in faux leopard skinimitation [only before noun] made to look like something else; not real:She would never wear imitation pearls.Patterns artificial/synthetic/man-made fabrics/fibers/materials/products artificial/synthetic/fake/faux/imitation fur/leather/diamonds/pearls
- 2[uncountable] the act of copying someone or something A child learns to talk by imitation. Many corporate methods have been adopted by American managers in imitation ofJapanese practice.
- 3 [countable] an act of copying the way someone talks and behaves, especially to make people laugh synonym impression He does an imitation ofBarack Obama. Thesaurusangrymad furious upset indignant irateThese words all describe people feeling and/or showing anger.angry feeling or showing anger:Please don't be angry with me. Thousands of angry demonstrators filled the square.mad [not before noun] (informal) very angry:He got mad and walked out. She's mad at me for being late.furious extremely angry:He was furious at having been taken out of the game. He was furious with her for ruining the party.upset somewhat angry or annoyed:I was quite upset with him for being late.indignant feeling or showing anger and surprise because you think that you or someone else has been treated unfairly:She was very indignant at the way she had been treated.irate very angry:irate customers an irate letterPatterns angry/mad/furious/upset/indignant about/at something angry/furious/upset with somebody (for doing something) angry/mad/furious/upset/indignant that … to get angry/mad/furious/upset to make somebody angry/mad/furious