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Deponent frequentative verb derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eym- (to imitate); same source as imāgō (a copy, image), aemulus and Hittite 𒄭𒈠 (ḫimma, substitute, imitation).



imitor (present infinitive imitārī, perfect active imitātus sum); first conjugation, deponent

  1. I represent, express, portray.
  2. I imitate, act like, copy after, seek to resemble, counterfeit.


   Conjugation of imitor (first conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present imitor imitāris, imitāre imitātur imitāmur imitāminī imitantur
imperfect imitābar imitābāris, imitābāre imitābātur imitābāmur imitābāminī imitābantur
future imitābor imitāberis, imitābere imitābitur imitābimur imitābiminī imitābuntur
perfect imitātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect imitātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect imitātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present imiter imitēris, imitēre imitētur imitēmur imitēminī imitentur
imperfect imitārer imitārēris, imitārēre imitārētur imitārēmur imitārēminī imitārentur
perfect imitātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect imitātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present imitāre imitāminī
future imitātor imitātor imitantor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives imitārī, imitārier1 imitātus esse imitātūrus esse
participles imitāns imitātus imitātūrus imitandus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
imitārī, imitārier1 imitandī imitandō imitandum imitātum imitātū

1The present passive infinitive in -ier is a rare poetic form which is attested for this verb.

Derived terms[edit]


From *reimitor:


  • imitor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • imitor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • imitor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (1) to make a lifelike natural representation of a thing (used of the artist); (2) to be lifelike (of a work of art): veritatem imitari (Div. 1. 13. 23)