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

     

    mime

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//maɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mime
    BrE BrE//maɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪm//
     
    he / she / it mimes
    BrE BrE//maɪmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪmz//
     
    past simple mimed
    BrE BrE//maɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪmd//
     
    past participle mimed
    BrE BrE//maɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//maɪmd//
     
    -ing form miming
    BrE BrE//ˈmaɪmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to act, tell a story, etc. by moving your body and face but without speaking mime (something) Each player has to mime the title of a movie, play or book. mime doing something He mimed climbing a mountain.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] mime (to something) | mime (something) to pretend to sing a song that is actually being sung by somebody else on a tape, etc. The band was miming to a backing tape.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent. (also in the sense ‘mimic or jester’): from Latin mimus, from Greek mimos.
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