- 1ape somebody/something (British English, disapproving) to do something in the same way as somebody else, especially when it is not done very well synonym imitate For years the British film industry merely aped Hollywood.
- 2ape somebody/something (especially North American English) to copy the way somebody else behaves or talks, in order to make fun of them synonym mimic We used to ape the teacher's southern accent. Word Origin Old English apa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aap and German Affe.
BrE BrE//eɪp//; NAmE NAmE//eɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ape
BrE BrE//eɪp//; NAmE NAmE//eɪp//he / she / it apes
BrE BrE//eɪps//; NAmE NAmE//eɪps//past simple aped
BrE BrE//eɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//eɪpt//past participle aped
BrE BrE//eɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//eɪpt//-ing form aping
BrE BrE//ˈeɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪpɪŋ//