Definition of imitate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    imitate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈɪməˌteɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they imitate
     
    he / she / it imitates
     
    past simple imitated
     
    -ing form imitating
     
     
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  1. 1imitate somebody/something to copy someone or 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.
  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.
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