The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Imitate \Im"i*tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imitated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Imitating.] [L. imitatus, p. p. of imitari to
imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. Image.]
1. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or
strive to copy, in acts, manners etc.
Despise wealth and imitate a dog. --Cowlay.
2. To produce a semblance or likeness of, in form, character,
color, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to
counterfeit; to copy.
A place picked out by choice of best alive
The Nature's work by art can imitate. --Spenser.
This hand appeared a shining sword to weild,
And that sustained an imitated shield. --Dryden.
3. (Biol.) To resemble (another species of animal, or a
plant, or inanimate object) in form, color, ornamentation,
or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage
thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one
in color and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates,
in color, one having secretion offensive to birds.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
26 Moby Thesaurus words for "imitated":
alike, aped, consimilar, copied, counterfeit, ersatz, fake,
favoring, following, homogeneous, identical, imitation, like,
mimicked, mock, nearly reproduced, not unlike, phony, resembling,
similar, simulated, smacking of, something like, suggestive of,
synthetic, uniform with