Definition of mimic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪmɪk/

verb (mimics, mimicking, mimicked)

[with object]
1Imitate (someone or their actions or words), especially in order to entertain or ridicule: she mimicked Eileen’s pedantic voice
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  • Mary screams in horror and the girls mimic her every word.
  • Angie, Kasie, Nate and I all make a game of trying to mimic someone else's voice and hoping Dad does not recognize us.
  • When he was a kid he loved mimicking people which had us in stitches.
imitate, copy, impersonate, do an impression of, take off, do an impersonation of, do, ape, caricature, mock, make fun of, parody, satirize, lampoon, burlesque, travesty
informal send up, spoof
archaic monkey
1.1(Of an animal or plant) resemble or imitate (another animal or plant) to deter predators or for camouflage: wild potatoes mimic an aphid alarm signal tiger beetles are mimicked by grasshoppers
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  • Weeds mimic plants, viruses trick the immune system, birds build nests and predators stalk - all engaging in strategies so successful that they look, but cannot possibly be, intentional.
  • The ruse works so successfully that some 30 other non-venomous snakes have mimicked the coral snake and share similar color patterns.
  • A variety of insects, including some beetles and moths, mimic bees and wasps.
resemble, look like, have/take on the appearance of, simulate, mirror, echo
North American informal make like
1.2(Of a drug) replicate the physiological effects of (another substance): the drug ephedrine mimics noradrenaline
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  • Some of these chemicals may mimic hormones, thereby disrupting the endocrine system.
  • Sometimes mimicking natural hormones like estrogen, they alter other hormone concentrations.
  • They can also be molecular (when, for example, a compound that mimics a hormone alters gene expression) or social.
1.3(Of a disease) exhibit symptoms that bear a deceptive resemblance to those of (another disease): bacterial meningitis can present with acute disturbance of behaviour which may closely mimic substance abuse
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  • A cavitating tumor or post obstructive pneumonitis mimics a primary infection or abscess and can produce symptoms of fever, chills and productive cough.
  • Gastroduodenal tuberculosis may mimic peptic ulcer disease with a shorter duration of history and non response to anti-secretary therapy 18.
  • Recent research has demonstrated the toxicity of aluminium; in fact many of the symptoms of aluminium toxicity can mimic Alzheimer's disease.


1A person skilled in imitating the voice or actions of others in an entertaining way: he has great ability as a mimic
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  • A great mimic of voice and gesture, Mogulesco could impersonate anyone: rich, poor, male, female, elder, youth.
  • Nor did we expect him to be so talented a mimic; he can imitate both of us, just as he can imitate break dancers and gymnasts and snakes and lemurs.
  • His ability as a mimic enabled him to copy Gandhi's voice intonations virtually perfectly.
impersonator, impressionist, imitator, mimicker;
parodist, caricaturist, lampooner, lampoonist;
copier, copyist
informal copycat
archaic ape, zany
rare epigone
1.1An animal or plant that mimics another: how did these insects evolve to become such perfect mimics?
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  • The best known mimics in the animal world are birds.
  • A similar explanation has been proposed for other animal mimics that show evidence of vocal learning.
  • In particular, one widely held belief is that there should always be strong selection pressure on mimics to resemble their models as closely as possible.


Imitative of something: they were waging mimic war
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  • The question was, what was the mimic octopus pretending to be?
  • ‘Yes, sir, here they are,’ Dirga's first officer handed out the mimic devices to the units.
  • A few yards away, the remainder of the group was kneeling in a semicircle, worshipping the god among cephalopods - the mimic octopus!
simulated, mock, imitation, make-believe, sham, imitative, mimetic
informal pretend, copycat



Example sentences
  • The cases are organized to coincide with the chapters in the text, so that if one wants to concentrate on prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, one can view just the images associated with PIN and its mimickers.
  • Our purpose was to evaluate the potential utility of CD10 in identifying occult endometrial stromal cells in cases of presumptive endometriosis and in distinguishing endometriosis from its potential mimickers.
  • How these ghost insects - these incredible mimickers of leaves and sticks - ever came into the world remains a mystery, an unsolved scientific detective story.


Late 16th century (as noun and adjective): via Latin from Greek mimikos, from mimos 'mime'.

Words that rhyme with mimic

bulimic, gimmick, metronymic, pantomimic, patronymic

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