Definition of simulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsimyəˌlāt/


[with object]
1Imitate the appearance or character of: red ocher intended to simulate blood
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  • But the dead giveaway on almost any of these fraudulent emails is not the painstakingly simulated appearance or the sophisticated coding, but the grammar!
  • He explains that the video was supposed to go through a film filter, simulating the appearance of film.
  • Under the opulent chandelier of the Continental Hotel, well-heeled characters try to simulate bourgeois normality in a world of chaotic street battles and high-level skulduggery.
imitate, reproduce, replicate, duplicate, mimic
artificial, imitation, fake, mock, synthetic, man-made, ersatz
1.1Pretend to have or feel (an emotion): it was impossible to force a smile, to simulate pleasure
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  • The message seems to be that it's inhuman to torture a nonhuman who simulates human emotion convincingly enough.
  • At best, they claim, clever programming might allow it to simulate human emotions, but these would just be clever fakes.
  • Here's how it goes: in live theatre, you're in the same physical space as people who are simulating fury or misery or excitement or love.
feign, pretend, fake, sham, affect, put on, give the appearance of
feigned, fake, mock, affected, sham, insincere, false, bogus
informal pretend, put-on, phony
1.2Produce a computer model of: future population changes were simulated by computer
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  • In 1997, Governato designed a computer model to simulate evolution of the universe from the big bang until the present.
  • Several computer models, simulating the movement of dust in the atmosphere, were used to track its journey in this study.
  • Other researchers already had made some progress simulating turbulence with powerful computer models.



Pronunciation: /-ˌlātiv/
Example sentences
  • There was a time that historical themes in games were the exclusive territory of the simulative.
  • Since provision of cryptographic security is no longer a problem, even in the tactical echelon, the damage to a C & C system and activities of forces can be minimized through the use of cryptography and simulative deception.
  • In this work the free energy difference related to the dissociation of doubly mutated dimeric Cu, Zn superoxide dismutase has been evaluated experimentally and through a simulative approach.


Mid 17th century (earlier (Middle English) as simulation): from Latin simulat- 'copied, represented', from the verb simulare, from similis 'like'.

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Syllabification: sim·u·late

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