Imitation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌɪmɪˈteɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word imitation
Brit.  |ɪmɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word imitation


- the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
- something copied or derived from an original
- copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
- a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect (syn: caricature, impersonation)


- not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article (syn: fake, false, simulated)
decorated with imitation palm leaves

Extra examples

Children learn by imitation of adults.

The restaurant was designed in imitation of a Japanese temple.

He did a hilarious imitation of his father.

The real diamonds are in a museum. These are just imitations.

...the stage production uses only imitation diamonds, as real gems would be prohibitively expensive...

Many people think that children learn language by imitation.

The remake of 'Casablanca' was a pale imitation (=something that is much less good than the thing it imitates) of the original movie.

She acted, she danced, she did imitations.

She wore an imitation of a sailor's hat.

Children learn a lot by imitation.

The remake of "Casablanka" was a pale imitation of the original movie.

The table is a genuine antique not a cheap imitation.

Bill can do a passable imitation of an American accent.

A complete set of Dickens was bound in imitation leather.

The new version is a sad imitation of the original movie.

Word forms

singular: imitation
plural: imitations
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