Did you know this word means THIS?

If I asked you what the definition of the word "ape" is, you'd likely say it's a large primate like a gorilla or orangutan.

But do you know what "ape" means as a verb?

I came cross the word in the book I'm currently reading, Alexander Hamilton, where the author states that, despite having gained their independence from the mother country, many Americans were still "aping" the customs of the British even toward the end of the 18th century. Before that, I hadn't seen the word used in a similar context since my college days.

Per my trusty dictionary, it means to imitate the behavior or manner of someone or something, often in an absurd or unthinking way.

Synonyms for ape include mimic, copy, parrot, and parody.

Did you know the definition for "ape" before reading this post?

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