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noun imitation pronunciation in British English /ˌɪmɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] an act of copying someones actions, words, or behaviour, often in order to make people laugh
    Kim can do a great imitation of Woody Allen.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the act of copying something
      They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
  2. 2
    [countable] something that is a copy of something else, usually not as good as the original thing
    imitation of: The film was dismissed as a crude imitation of Hitchcock’s earlier work.
    pale/poor imitation (=a bad copy): He said the proposal was a pale imitation of the government’s policy.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] used about materials that are copies of something more valuable
      imitation fur/leather/marble


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