Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat.
  • transitive v. Biology To reproduce or make an exact copy or copies of (genetic material, a cell, or an organism).
  • transitive v. To fold over or bend back.
  • intransitive v. To become replicated; undergo replication.
  • n. A repetition of an experiment or procedure.
  • adj. Folded over or bent back upon itself: a replicate leaf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a copy (replica) of
  • v. To reply.
  • n. an outcome of a replication procedure.
  • adj. Folded over or backward; folded back upon itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To reply.
  • adj. Folded over or backward; folded back upon itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fold or bend back: as, a replicated leaf.
  • To reply.
  • In music, to add one of its replicates to (a given tone).
  • Folded
  • n. In music, a tone one or more octaves distant from a given tone; a repetition at a higher or lower octave.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reproduce or make an exact copy of
  • v. make or do or perform again
  • v. bend or turn backward

Etymologies

Middle English replicaten, from Late Latin replicāre, replicāt-, to repeat, from Latin, to fold back : re-, re- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin replicatus, past participle of replicare ("to fold or bend back; reply"), from re ("back") + plicare ("to fold"); see ply. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The ability to reproduce or replicate is considered the basic definition of life.

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  • He's said that the one thing he most wanted to replicate from the actual Jim Ellis was the man's composure; whether that's what he does is irrelevant, but he does capture a man choking back his anger, recriminating himself for the times when it erupts.

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  • The ability to replicate is essential for the manifestation of the diseases they cause.

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  • So I would hope that television would go in a direction of trying to find something that really is different from everything else on the air and that the broadcasters try to originate, as opposed to replicate, which is really what ` s been going on for about the last 10 years.

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  • This is a company that invents or stumbles upon a business model or technology impossible to replicate, meaning it can extract high profit margins for the foreseeable future.

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  • Already, Mr. Terrill said, he and a group of state lawmakers are drafting legislation to "replicate" Arizona's law and "go beyond it," with stricter penalties for illegal immigrants.

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  • Campaigners claim the new accommodation facility would "replicate" some of the worst aspects of conditions at the notorious Yarl's Wood immigration centre.

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  • While the Bowery Lane Bicycle seems useful enough and is not as outlandishly priced as other Dutch-inspired bikes sold to Americans, I can't help thinking that if Mr. Bernard wants to "replicate" Amsterdam here he might be better off opening a Van Gogh museum and digging a series of canals.

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  • Until recently, state law limited the number of charters to 30 — and only 15 were allowed to "replicate," or open multiple campuses.

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  • Korean ceremonial architecture has changed so little in 1100 years that the traditional carpenters and painters working today don't really have to 'replicate' anything when they rebuild old structures; they just do what they always do, on a building site that dates back millenia.

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