Definition of ape verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ape

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Word Origin Old English apa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aap and German Affe.
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