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From Latin imitatus, past participle of imito (to copy, portray, imitate).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɪmɪteɪt/
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imitate (third-person singular simple present imitates, present participle imitating, simple past and past participle imitated)

  1. To follow as a model or a pattern; to make a copy, counterpart or semblance of.
    • 1870, Shirley Hibberd, Rustic Adornments for Homes of Taste, page 170:
      Another bird quickly learned to imitate the song of a canary that was mated with it, but as the parrakeet improved in the performance the canary degenerated, and came at last to mingle the other bird's harsh chitterings with its own proper music.
    • 2019 August 21, Tik Root, “Inside the Race to Build the World's First Commercial Octopus Farm”, in Time[1]:
      The room was dark and cool, lit with a dim red light. “This was designed to imitate a cave,” said Rosas.

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  1. present adverbial passive participle of imiti

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Etymology 1 edit

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  1. inflection of imitare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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imitate f pl

  1. feminine plural of imitato

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  1. vocative masculine singular of imitātus

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  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of imitar combined with te