Meaning of “simulate” in the English Dictionary

"simulate" in British English

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simulateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsɪm.jə.leɪt/ us /ˈsɪm.jə.leɪt/

to do or make something that looks real but is not real:

In cheap furniture, plastic is often used to simulate wood.
formal Ruth simulated pleasure at seeing Sam, but really she wished he hadn't come.
The computer simulates (= represents) different road conditions for new drivers to practise on.
adjective uk /ˈsɪm.jə.leɪ.tɪd/ us /ˈsɪm.jə.leɪ.t̬ɪd/

(Definition of “simulate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"simulate" in American English

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simulateverb [ T ]

us /ˈsɪm·jəˌleɪt/

to create conditions or processes similar to something that exists:

Researchers are developing new techniques to simulate crashes.

(Definition of “simulate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"simulate" in Business English

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simulateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈsɪmjəleɪt/ us

to produce a situation or event that seems real but is not real, especially in order to help people learn how to deal with such situations or events:

The machine is designed to simulate disaster scenarios.

In the game, players are given titles in a simulated business environment.

(Definition of “simulate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)