When you simulate something, you imitate it. Hollywood makeup artists can use pencils and gray wigs to simulate old age in a young actor. It can also mean to model — a computer can simulate disaster scenarios in cities.

If you really admire someone's calm-under-pressure attitude, you may try to simulate their demeanor. When opening a present, it's polite to simulate surprise and excitement about the gift item, even if you already have it or it is ugly as dirt. Don't try to simulate your parents' signatures on excuse cards, though — signatures are unique to individuals and impossible to simulate perfectly.

Definitions of simulate
  1. verb
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    synonyms: copy, imitate
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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
    create a representation or model of
    “The pilots are trained in conditions simulating high-altitude flights”
    synonyms: model
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    create anew
  3. verb
    make a pretence of
    synonyms: assume, feign, sham
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    pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
    deceive by a mock action
    type of:
    act, dissemble, pretend
    behave unnaturally or affectedly
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