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)
  • To try to follow the manner, style, character, etc, of or take as a model (verb)

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.

  • To pretend to be or to impersonate, esp for humour; mimic (verb)
  • To make a copy or reproduction of; duplicate; counterfeit (verb)
  • To make or be like; resemble or simulate (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

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."