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Definition of "imitate" []

  • To use or follow as a model. (verb-transitive)
  • To copy the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech of; mimic: amused friends by imitating the teachers. (verb-transitive)
  • To copy or use the style of: brushwork that imitates Rembrandt. (verb-transitive)
  • To copy exactly; reproduce. (verb-transitive)
  • To appear like; resemble. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "imitate" in a sentence
  • "When the three deacons who sing the Passion have left, the deacon, subdeacon and acolytes follow the normal rites that precede the Gospel procession; on this day, however, the Mass which they imitate is the Solemn Requiem Mass."
  • "It is easy to once again imitate without thinking about the reasoning, especially in the impressionable age of the students."
  • "All the while unbelievers laugh; men of weak faith are shaken; faith is uncertain; souls are drenched in ignorance, because adulterators of the word imitate the truth."