Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have or take on the appearance, form, or sound of; imitate.
  • transitive v. To make in imitation of or as a substitute for. See Synonyms at imitate.
  • transitive v. To make a pretense of; feign: simulate interest.
  • transitive v. To create a representation or model of (a physical system or particular situation, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To model, replicate, duplicate the behavior, appearance or properties of

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feigned; pretended.
  • transitive v. To assume the mere appearance of, without the reality; to assume the signs or indications of, falsely; to counterfeit; to feign.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To assume the appearance of, without having the reality; feign; counterfeit; pretend.
  • To act the part of; imitate; be like; resemble.
  • Specifically— In phonology, to imitate in form. See simulation, 2.
  • In biology, to imitate or mimic; resemble by way of protective mimicry: as, some insects simulate flowers or leaves. See mimicry, 3.
  • Feigned; pretended.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a pretence of
  • v. create a representation or model of
  • v. reproduce someone's behavior or looks

Etymologies

Latin simulāre, simulāt-, from similis, like; see similar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare ("to make like, imitate, copy, represent, feign"), from similis ("like"); see similar. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • It could as well have been processed wood pulp, or peanut shells, or coffee bean hulls, made in patented ways to "simulate" - tobacco "" that is, to lie by its appearance.

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  • I use these markers to create this red region, which is the part that I want to make a ringtone out of, and I hit this button called simulate ringtone just to check it.

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  • When the list has been built up, you just call simulate on each widget.

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  • If we had multiple widgets, we could call simulate using the same set of events.

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  • What we ` re going to demonstrate, too, is that here in the studio are two debris piles and we ` re going to kind of simulate how the dogs can be effective in a landfill even though the challenges are there.

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  • It does not "simulate" drowning -- IT IS DROWNING.

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  • For instance, we have computer games in our interactive newsroom that let people kind of simulate the process of reporting a story or going out to get a dramatic river rescue photograph or you can even do something like we're doing right here.

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  • In each of those cases, tests were setup to "simulate" the purported problem, but the tests did not exactly simulate real world conditions and showed unrealistic scenarios.

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  • There are reports from a long-term study of wild African elephants that mature females occasionally 'simulate' the visual and behavioural signals of oestrus at times when they are not likely to be ovulating, but that coincide with the first occasions that young, nulliparous (never given birth) female relatives come into oestrus

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