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mim•ic /ˈmɪmɪk/USA pronunciation
v., -icked, -ick•ing,n.
v. [~ + object]
to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully, sometimes to insult another:He mimicked the teacher's scolding.
to resemble closely:This virus mimics the effects of the other.
a person or thing that mimics, esp. a performer.
mim•ick•er, n. [countable]
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mimic /ˈmɪmɪk/ vb ( -ics, -icking, -icked)(transitive)
- to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; ape
- to take on the appearance of; resemble closely: certain flies mimic wasps
- to copy closely or in a servile manner
- a person or an animal, such as a parrot, that is clever at mimicking
- an animal that displays mimicry
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin mīmicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimos mimeˈmimicker n
- of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
- simulated, make-believe, or mock