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

      

    simulate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmjuleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they simulate
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmjuleɪt//
     
    he / she / it simulates
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmjuleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmjuleɪts//
     
    past simple simulated
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle simulated
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmjuleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form simulating
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1simulate something to pretend that you have a particular feeling synonym feign I tried to simulate surprise at the news.
  2. 2simulate something to create particular conditions that exist in real life using computers, models, etc., usually for study or training purposes Computer software can be used to simulate conditions on the seabed. Role-playing is a useful way of simulating real-life situations.
  3. 3simulate something to be made to look like something else a gas heater that simulates a coal fire
  4. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (earlier (Middle English) as simulation): from Latin simulat- ‘copied, represented’, from the verb simulare, from similis ‘like’.Extra examples The device simulates conditions in space quite closely. Computer software can be used to simulate conditions on the sea bed. Role-play is a way of simulating real-life situations.
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