Definition of simulate in English:


Syllabification: sim·u·late
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.
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.
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.


mid 17th century: from Latin simulat- 'copied, represented', from the verb simulare, from similis 'like'.



Pronunciation: /ˌsimyəˈlāSHən/
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  • The simulation requires groups to imagine that their small plane has crashed.
  • Exercise Taurus was a simulation of either a hoax or a real outbreak of foot-and-mouth.
  • Teams of volunteers will be shown objects and colours from the real world and computer-generated simulations.


Pronunciation: /-ˌlātiv/
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  • 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.

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