- Simulate is defined as to imitate or take on the look of something.
An example of to simulate is for a car video game to act just like driving a real car.
- to give a false indication or appearance of; pretend; feign: to simulate an interest
- to have or take on the external appearance of; look or act like: an insect simulating a twig
- to achieve or imitate the characteristics or effect of: to simulate the feel of fine leather
- to use computer simulation to represent (a system, physical process, etc.)
Origin: from Classical Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare, to feign from simul, together with, at the same time: see same
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transitive verb sim·u·lat·ed, sim·u·lat·ing, sim·u·lates
- a. To have or take on the appearance, form, or sound of; imitate.b. To make in imitation of or as a substitute for. See Synonyms at imitate.
- To make a pretense of; feign: simulate interest.
- To create a representation or model of (a physical system or particular situation, for example).
Origin: Latin simulāre, simulāt-, from similis, like; see similar.
- simˈu·laˌtive adjective