[v. em-yuh-leyt; adj. em-yuh-lit]
verb (used with object), emulated, emulating.
to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass: to emulate one's father as a concert violinist.
to rival with some degree of success: Some smaller cities now emulate the major capitals in their cultural offerings.
to imitate (a particular computer system) by using a software system, often including a microprogram or another computer that enables it to do the same work, run the same programs, etc., as the first.
to replace (software) with hardware to perform the same task.
Obsolete, emulous.

1580–90; < Latin aemulātus, past participle of aemulārī to rival. See emulous, -ate1

emulative, adjective
emulatively, adverb
emulator, noun
nonemulative, adjective
overemulate, verb (used with object), overemulated, overemulating.
unemulative, adjective

emulate, immolate.

1. follow, copy.
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emulate (ˈɛmjʊˌleɪt)
1.  to attempt to equal or surpass, esp by imitation
2.  to rival or compete with
3.  to make one computer behave like (another different type of computer) so that the imitating system can operate on the same data and execute the same programs as the imitated system
[C16: from Latin aemulārī, from aemulus competing with; probably related to imitārī to imitate]

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Word Origin & History

1580s, from L. aemulat-, pp. stem of aemulari "to rival" (see emulation). Related: Emulated; emulating.
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