1 copy of a thing
ADJ. accurate, good, passable | cheap, crude, pale, poor Accept no cheap imitations of our product! Their version of jazz funk is a pale imitation of the real thing.
2 act of copying sth
ADJ. faithful, slavish | direct Children are seen as learning to write by direct imitation of adult models.
PREP. in ~ of The poems, some in imitation of Ossian, are graceful if unremarkable.
3 copy of sb's speech/behaviour
ADJ. fair, good, passable | poor
VERB + IMITATION do, give, perform He does a very good imitation of George W. Bush.