The modern use in the meaning ‘to reproduce, imitate, or copy exactly’, originally in technical contexts but spreading into general use, is an extension of a word that has been in use since the 16c in other meanings. It is best avoided when more straightforward alternatives are available, such as duplicate, be modelled on, imitate, etc.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Replicate — Rep li*cate (l? k?t), Replicated Rep li*ca ted ( k? t?d), a. [L. replicatus, p. p. of replicare. See {Reply}.] Folded over or backward; folded back upon itself; as, a replicate leaf or petal; a replicate margin of a shell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Replicate — may refer to:* In biology, replication is a process by which genetic material, a cell, or an organism reproduces or makes an exact copy or copies * in an experiment a replicate test is a fully repeated set of test conditions: see Replication… …   Wikipedia

  • replicate — ► VERB 1) make an exact copy of; reproduce. 2) (replicate itself) (of genetic material or a living organism) reproduce or give rise to a copy of itself. 3) repeat (a scientific experiment or trial) to obtain a consistent result. ► NOUN 1) a close …   English terms dictionary

  • Replicate — Rep li*cate ( ? k?t), v. t. To reply. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • replicate — index copy, repeat (do again), reproduce, retort Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • replicate — 1882, from L. replicatus, pp. of replicare (see REPLY (Cf. reply)). Genetic sense is first recorded 1957. Related: Replicated; replicating …   Etymology dictionary

  • replicate — [rep′li kit; ] for v. [, rep′likāt΄] adj. [L replicatus, pp. of replicare: see REPLY] Bot. folded back on itself, as a leaf n. Statistics any of the individual experiments in a replication vt. replicated, replicating 1. to fold; bend back …   English World dictionary

  • replicate — rep|li|cate [ˈreplıkeıt] v [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of replicare; REPLY1] 1.) [T] formal if you replicate someone s work, a scientific study etc, you do it again, or try to get the same result again ▪ There is a need… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • replicate — [[t]re̱plɪkeɪt[/t]] replicates, replicating, replicated 1) VERB If you replicate someone s experiment, work, or research, you do it yourself in exactly the same way. [FORMAL] [V n] He invited her to his laboratory to see if she could replicate… …   English dictionary

  • replicate — UK [ˈreplɪkeɪt] / US [ˈreplɪˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms replicate : present tense I/you/we/they replicate he/she/it replicates present participle replicating past tense replicated past participle replicated formal to do or make something… …   English dictionary