Etymology
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imitate (v.)

1530s, a back-formation from imitation or imitator, or else from Latin imitatus, past participle of imitari "to copy, portray" (from PIE root *aim- "to copy"). Related: Imitated; imitating. An Old English word for this was æfterhyrigan.

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Definitions of imitate

imitate (v.)
reproduce someone's behavior or looks;
The mime imitated the passers-by
Synonyms: copy / simulate
imitate (v.)
appear like, as in behavior or appearance;
Life imitate art
imitate (v.)
make a reproduction or copy of;
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