When you imitate someone, you copy them. Youth marketers capitalize on kids' desire to imitate––tweens imitate teens, teens imitate young adults, and marketers supply the product lines to make it easy.

Humans learn by imitating others. Babies carefully watch their caregivers' lips, learning to imitate the movements they make to create language sounds. Writers often begin their careers imitating the style of older writers they admire.

Definitions of imitate
  1. verb
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    “The mime imitated the passers-by”
    synonyms: copy, simulate
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    conform to, follow
    behave in accordance or in agreement with
    imitate with mockery and derision
    take off
    mimic or imitate in an amusing or satirical manner
    mime, mimic
    imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect
    model, pattern
    plan or create according to a model or models
    follow, take after
    imitate in behavior; take as a model
    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
    go by
    be or act in accordance with
    ape, caricature
    represent in or produce a caricature of
    represent another person with comic intentions
    burlesque, parody, spoof
    make a parody of
    pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
    sovietise, sovietize
    model a country's social, political, and economic structure on the Soviet Union
    type of:
    make a copy or equivalent of
  2. verb
    appear like, as in behavior or appearance
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    imitate uncritically and in every aspect
    imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software
    follow suit
    do what someone else is doing
    type of:
    appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
  3. verb
    make a reproduction or copy of
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    copy, re-create
    make a replica of
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