Im"i*tate (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Imitated (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Imitating (?).] [L. imitatus, p. p. of imitari
to imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. Image.] 1.
To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to
copy, in acts, manners etc.
Despise wealth and imitate a dog.
2. To produce a semblance or likeness of, in
form, character, color, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to
counterfeit; to copy.
A place picked out by choice of best alive
The Nature's work by art can imitate.
This hand appeared a shining sword to weild,
And that sustained an imitated shield.
3. (Biol.) To resemble (another
species of animal, or a plant, or inanimate object) in form, color,
ornamentation, or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage
thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one in
color and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates, in
color, one having secretion offensive to birds.