from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To use or follow as a model.
- transitive v. To copy the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech of; mimic: amused friends by imitating the teachers.
- transitive v. To copy or use the style of: brushwork that imitates Rembrandt.
- transitive v. To copy exactly; reproduce.
- transitive v. To appear like; resemble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To follow as a model or a pattern; to make a copy, counterpart or semblance of.
- v. To copy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to copy, in acts, manners etc.
- transitive v. To produce a semblance or likeness of, in form, character, color, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to counterfeit; to copy.
- transitive v. To resemble (another species of animal, or a plant, or inanimate object) in form, color, ornamentation, or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one in color and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates, in color, one having secretion offensive to birds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To use as a model or pattern; make a copy, counterpart, or semblance of.
- To take example by, in action or manner; follow or endeavor to copy as an exemplar; act in the manner or character of; pattern after.
- Synonyms Imitate, Counterfeit, Mimic, Ape, Mock. Imitate is the general word for the expression of the idea common to these five words. To counterfeit is to imitate exactly or as closely as possible, more often for a dishonest purpose; to mimic is to imitate in sport or ridicule, as to mimic one's affectations in speech or carriage; to ape is to imitate with servility. Mock, whose first meaning was to imitate in derision, has changed ground so as now generally to mean to deride by imitation, or, still more broadly, to treat with scorn, to tantalize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. appear like, as in behavior or appearance
- v. make a reproduction or copy of
- v. reproduce someone's behavior or looks
Latin imitārī, imitāt-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin imitatus, past participle of imitari ("to copy, portray, imitate"), from a deponent frequentive root *im, whence also imago ("a copy, image"), see image. (Wiktionary)