1. The act or an instance of imitating: gave us his imitation of a famous actor.
2. Something derived or copied from an original, often in an inferior way: an undrinkable imitation of real lemonade.
a. Repetition of a phrase or melody often with variations in key, rhythm, and voice.
b. Repetition of a theme in another voice such that each part continues polyphonously.
Made to resemble another, usually superior material: imitation fur.
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