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.