Pronunciation: (im'i-tāt"), [key]
—v.t., -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
1. to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example: to imitate an author's style; to imitate an older brother.
2. to mimic; impersonate: The students imitated the teacher behind her back.
3. to make a copy of; reproduce closely.
4. to have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.