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mimic

verb [T]    /ˈmɪm·ɪk/ (present participle mimicking, past tense and past participle mimicked)
to copy the way someone speaks and moves, esp. in order to amuse or insult people: She was mimicking the various people in our office. To mimic is also to have the same or similar effect as something else: This substance mimics calcium and can replace it in bones. mimic    /ˈmɪm·ɪk/ noun [C] He was a fine mimic. mimicry    /ˈmɪm·ɪ·kri/ noun [U] The mockingbird is known for its mimicry of other birds.
(Definition of mimic verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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