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From Latin replicātus, past participle of replicāre (to fold or bend back; reply), from re (back) + plicāre (to fold); see ply. Doublet of reply and replica.


  • (verb) (US) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛpləˌkeɪt/
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  • (noun) (US) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛpləˌkət/
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replicate (third-person singular simple present replicates, present participle replicating, simple past and past participle replicated)

  1. To make a copy (replica) of.
    On entering a host cell, a virus will start to replicate.
    • 2020 August 26, Tim Dunn, “Great railway bores of our time!”, in Rail, page 46:
      It is the Northern portals that are most interesting. The earlier structure was given the romantic, grotto-like feature of a tower with windows. When expanded (circa 1893), the engineers chose to replicate that design, seemingly extending the castle further.
  2. (sciences) To repeat (an experiment or trial) with a consistent result.
    • 2014 June 21, “Magician’s brain”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8892:
      [Isaac Newton] was obsessed with alchemy. He spent hours copying alchemical recipes and trying to replicate them in his laboratory. He believed that the Bible contained numerological codes.
    • 2021 June 16, Andrew Mourant, “Plans for new test centre remain on track”, in RAIL, number 933, page 42:
      The idea is that by building the centre with used and new normal railway components, GCRE will "replicate" the UK main line railway. Doherty sees this as a unique selling point: "We have some good rail research/testing universities such as Birmingham and Huddersfield, but you can't replicate a train rattling through at 120mph in a lab."
  3. (obsolete) To reply.

Related terms[edit]



replicate (plural replicates)

  1. The outcome of a replication procedure; an exact copy or replica.
  2. (music) A tone that is one or more octaves away from a given tone.


replicate (comparative more replicate, superlative most replicate)

  1. (botany, zoology) Folded over or backward; folded back upon itself.
    a replicate leaf or petal
    the replicate margin of a shell

Further reading[edit]




  1. inflection of replicare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative





  1. second-person plural present active imperative of replicō