|Origin:||, past participle of imitari|
to copy the way someone behaves, speaks, moves etc, especially in order to make people laugh: ! Do not use imitate when you mean to do the same thing as someone else. Use copy instead: She worries that Tom will copy his brother and leave home (NOT She worries that he will imitate his brother).
She was a splendid mimic and loved to imitate Winston Churchill.
to copy something because you think it is good:
vegetarian products which imitate meat
The Japanese have no wish to imitate Western social customs and attitudes.
—imitator noun [countable]