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 of simulate; from Classical Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare, to feign ; from simul, together with, at the same time: see same
transitive verbsim·u·lat·ed, sim·u·lat·ing, sim·u·lates
- a. To have or take on the appearance, sound, or character of; imitate: music meant to simulate a snowstorm. See Synonyms at imitate.b. To make in imitation of or as a substitute for: simulate leather.
- To make a pretense of; feign: simulate interest.
- To create a representation or model of (a physical system or particular situation, for example).
Origin of simulateLatin simulare, simulat-, from similis, like; see similar.
(third-person singular simple present simulates, present participle simulating, simple past and past participle simulated)
(comparative more simulate, superlative most simulate)
- (obsolete) Feigned; pretended.