1. To use or follow as a model.
2. To copy the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech of; mimic:
amused friends by imitating the teachers.
3. To copy or use the style of:
brushwork that imitates Rembrandt.
4. To copy exactly; reproduce.
5. To appear like; resemble.
6. Latin imit3ro imit3t-
拉丁语 imit3ro imit3t-
7. These verbs mean to follow something or someone taken as a model. To
8. imitate is to act like or follow a pattern or style set by another:
The adults drank their tea in a ceremonious manner, and the children imitated them.
The decorator had the wood paneling painted to imitate marble.
“Art imitates Nature” (Richard Franck). Tocopy is to duplicate an original as precisely as possible:
“艺术模仿自然” （理查德·弗兰克）。copy 是尽可能精确地复制原作：
tried to copy her cultivated accent;
a building that evokes the neoclassic style of architecture without copying it. To mimic is to make a close imitation, as of another's actions, speech, or mannerisms, often with an intent to ridicule:
一座再现新古典主义建筑风格但没有照搬的建筑物。 mimic 是对他人的动作，话语或特殊习惯等作相近的模仿， 经常是为了取笑：
“fresh carved cedar, mimicking a glade/Of palm and plaintain” (John Keats).
In private the candidate mimicked his opponent's stammer. To ape is to follow another's lead slavishly but often with an absurd result:
私下里那个候选人模仿着对手的口吃。 ape 是奴隶似的仿照别人的指导， 但经常产生荒唐的结果：
“Those [superior] states of mind do not come from aping an alien culture” (John Russell). To parody is either to imitate with comic effect or to attempt a serious imitation and fail:
“那些 精神状态并不是来自对外国文化的仿照” （约翰·罗素）。parody 或者是滑稽地模仿或者是严肃认真地模仿但失败了：
“All these peculiarities [of Samuel Johnson's literary style] have been imitated by his admirers and parodied by his assailants” (Macaulay). Tosimulate is to feign or falsely assume the appearance or character of something:
“所有特点 已经被他的崇拜者所仿效并被他的攻击者所嘲弄地模仿了” （麦考莱）。simulate 是假装某物的表象或特征：
“I . . . lay there simulating death” (W.H. Hudson).