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noun imitation pronunciation in British English /ˌɪmɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
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  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.
    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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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