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

     

    mimic

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪmɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪmɪk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mimic
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪmɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪmɪk//
     
    he / she / it mimics
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪmɪks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪmɪks//
     
    past simple mimicked
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪmɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪmɪkt//
     
    past participle mimicked
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪmɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪmɪkt//
     
    -ing form mimicking
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪmɪkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪmɪkɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1mimic somebody/something | + speech to copy the way somebody speaks, moves, behaves, etc., especially in order to make other people laugh She's always mimicking the teachers. He mimicked her southern accent.
  2. 2mimic something (specialist or formal) to look or behave like something else synonym imitate The robot was programmed to mimic a series of human movements. the creation of a vaccine that mimics the virus
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as noun and adjective): via Latin from Greek mimikos, from mimos ‘mime’.Extra examples The computer model is able to mimic very closely the actions of a golfer. He mimicked her accent. Scientists have created a vaccine that mimics the virus. She’s always mimicking the teachers.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mimic

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