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replicate (verb) copy.
Replicating is producing an exact copy of something. It is imitating exactly something, or some action. A cell or a virus is capable of replicating itself, that is, it can produce another cell or virus exactly like itself. You replicate a building if you copy it exactly.
- Fascinated by the South Indian temple architecture, Sam replicated that kind of temple in his garden. This copy of the temple did look odd in his western styled garden.
- Genetic engineering consists in replicating the type of cells responsible for a certain characteristic. The cell, copied exactly, causes the same kind of characteristic in the person who it is introduced into.