Definition of imitation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪmɪˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪmɪˈteɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable] a copy of something, especially something expensive a poor/cheap imitation of the real thing This latest production is a pale imitation of the original (= it is not nearly as good). imitation leather/pearls Synonymsartificialsynthetic false man-made fake imitationThese words all describe things that are not real, or not naturally produced or grown.artificial made or produced to copy something natural; not real:artificial flowers artificial lightsynthetic made by combining chemical substances rather than being produced naturally by plants or animals:synthetic drugs shoes with synthetic solesfalse not natural:false teeth a false beard man-made made by people; not natural:man-made fibres such as nylonfake made to look like something else; not real:a fake-fur jacketimitation [only before noun] made to look like something else; not real:She would never wear imitation pearls.Patterns artificial/​synthetic/​man-made fabrics/​fibres/​materials/​products artificial/​synthetic/​fake/​imitation fur/​leather artificial/​synthetic/​false/​fake/​imitation diamonds/​pearls
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of copying somebody/something A child learns to talk by imitation. Many corporate methods have been adopted by American managers in imitation of Japanese practice. See related entries: Architectural styles
  3. 3[countable] an act of copying the way somebody talks and behaves, especially to make people laugh synonym impersonation, impression He does an imitation of Barack Obama.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin imitatio(n-), from the verb imitari; related to imago ‘image’.Extra examples She would never wear imitation pearls. Accept no cheap imitations of our product! Children are seen as learning to write by direct imitation of adult models. He does a perfect imitation of a turkey. He does a very good imitation of George W. Bush. The poems, some in imitation of Ossian, are graceful if unremarkable. Their version of jazz funk is a pale imitation of the real thing. They are mere imitations of existing products. a voice that’s a close imitation of a snake hiss Many tourists cannot tell the difference between authentic Indian craftwork and imported imitations. The remake is a pale imitation of the original 1966 film. a poor imitation a poor/​cheap/​pale/​second-rate imitation an imitation sword/​firearm/​gun/​bomb imitation fur/​gold/​leather/​marble/​silk/​pearls
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