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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to emulate)
a. to imitate
Algunos países quieren imitar el modelo económico de Japón.Some countries want to imitate Japan's economic model.
b. to copy
Los jóvenes imitan el comportamiento de sus padres.Young people copy their parent's behavior.
2. (to parody)
a. to imitate
Imita cualquier acento a la perfección.He can imitate any accent perfectly.
b. to do an impression of
Carlos es muy bueno imitando artistas famosos.Carlos is very good at doing impressions of famous actors.
c. to mimic
Ana imita perfectamente a la maestra de inglés.Ana mimics the English teacher perfectly.
d. to impersonate
Estábamos muy divertidos imitando a nuestros papás.We were having fun impersonating our parents.
3. (to look like)
a. to simulate
Este material imita la piel.This material simulates leather.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (copiar)
a. to imitate, to copy
2. (a personajes famosos)
a. to impersonate
3. (producto, material)
a. to simulate
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transitive verb
1 (emular) to imitate
Susana imita a sus padres en todo Susana copies everything her parents do; se limita a imitar a los mejores autores he confines himself to aping the best authors
2 (por diversión) to imitate; mimic
¡deja ya de imitarme! stop imitating o mimicking me!; sabe imitar muy bien mi firma he can imitate o copy my signature really well; sabe imitar todos los acentos he can imitate any accent; el humorista imitó al rey the comedian did an impression of the king
3 (parecerse a)
imita el tacto de la seda it simulates the feel of silk; estos pendientes imitan el oro these earrings are meant to look like gold
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