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English definition of “ape”

ape

noun [C] uk   /eɪp/ us  
an animal like a large monkey that has no tail and uses its arms to move through trees: Chimpanzees and gorillas are both apes.
Idioms

ape

verb [T] uk   /eɪp/ disapproving us  
to copy something or someone badly and unsuccessfully: He called the new building unoriginal and said that it merely aped the classical traditions.
(Definition of ape from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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