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

     

    imitate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmɪteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmɪteɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they imitate
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmɪteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmɪteɪt//
     
    he / she / it imitates
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmɪteɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmɪteɪts//
     
    past simple imitated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmɪteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmɪteɪtɪd//
     
    past participle imitated
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmɪteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmɪteɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form imitating
    BrE BrE//ˈɪmɪteɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmɪteɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1imitate somebody/something to copy somebody/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. Dolphins learn to imitate sounds very accurately and quickly.
  2. 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. He tried to imitate my Scots accent and we both laughed.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin imitat- ‘copied’, from the verb imitari; related to imago ‘image’.
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