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

  • transitive v. To have or take on the appearance, form, or sound of; imitate.
  • transitive v. To make in imitation of or as a substitute for. See Synonyms at imitate.
  • transitive v. To make a pretense of; feign: simulate interest.
  • transitive v. To create a representation or model of (a physical system or particular situation, for example).

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  • v. To model, replicate, duplicate the behavior, appearance or properties of

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feigned; pretended.
  • transitive v. To assume the mere appearance of, without the reality; to assume the signs or indications of, falsely; to counterfeit; to feign.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To assume the appearance of, without having the reality; feign; counterfeit; pretend.
  • To act the part of; imitate; be like; resemble.
  • Specifically— In phonology, to imitate in form. See simulation, 2.
  • In biology, to imitate or mimic; resemble by way of protective mimicry: as, some insects simulate flowers or leaves. See mimicry, 3.
  • Feigned; pretended.

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

  • v. make a pretence of
  • v. create a representation or model of
  • v. reproduce someone's behavior or looks


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

Latin simulāre, simulāt-, from similis, like; see similar.

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From Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare ("to make like, imitate, copy, represent, feign"), from similis ("like"); see similar.


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