verb (used with object), sim·u·lat·ed, sim·u·lat·ing.
- to create a simulation, likeness, or model of (a situation, system, or the like): to simulate crisis conditions.
- to make a pretense of; feign: to simulate knowledge.
- to assume or have the appearance or characteristics of: He simulated the manners of the rich.
- Archaic. simulated.
verb (ˈsɪmjʊˌleɪt) (tr)
- to make a pretence of; feignto simulate anxiety
- to reproduce the conditions of (a situation, etc), as in carrying out an experimentto simulate weightlessness
- to assume or have the appearance of; imitate
adjective (ˈsɪmjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
- archaic assumed or simulated
v.1620s, “feign, pretend, assume falsely” (implied in simulated), back-formation from simulation or else from Latin simulatus, past participle of simulare “to make like, imitate, copy.” Meaning “to use a model to imitate certain conditions for purposes of study or training” is from 1947. Related: Simulating.