Definition of imitative in English:


Line breaks: imi¦ta|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈɪmɪtətɪv


  • 2(Of a word) reproducing a natural sound (e.g. fizz) or pronounced in a way that is thought to correspond to the appearance or character of the object or action described (e.g. blob).
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    • The number of imitative words in any language is bound to be quite small, and for many such words the sound-meaning relation is by no means direct.
    • The derivation of the word ‘quail’ has been charmingly explored by Francesca Greenoak who points out that it is an imitative name, cognate with ‘quack’.



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  • By the end of the first half of the concert, when the group performed the Credo from this Mass, some tuning problems had crept in, especially in the opening measures of sections when only one or two parts were beginning imitatively.
  • Several language acquisition studies show that children as young as eighteen months can combine all of the types of intention reading we have discussed above while imitatively learning novel words.
  • It imitatively lifted the idea, without noticing that because the New Zealand tax system is pay-as-you-earn, one pays taxes all the year.


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  • Most of the people surrounding him are skeptical and disaffected, and he may adopt the same attitude from imitativeness or sheer cowardice.
  • If one thing strikes Western observers of Eastern karaoke, it is its imitativeness.
  • The economic rationale of their imitativeness - including their self-imitativeness - is, ‘Well, we don't really know what works, so let's repeat what worked and let's throw money at the studio or the star or the producers who gave us hits.‘

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