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emulate

[v. em-yuh-leyt; adj. em-yuh-lit] /v. ˈɛm yəˌleɪt; adj. ˈɛm yə lɪt/
verb (used with object), emulated, emulating.
1.
to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass:
to emulate one's father as a concert violinist.
2.
to rival with some degree of success:
Some smaller cities now emulate the major capitals in their cultural offerings.
3.
Computers.
  1. 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.
  2. to replace (software) with hardware to perform the same task.
adjective
4.
Obsolete, emulous.
Origin of emulate
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin aemulātus, past participle of aemulārī to rival. See emulous, -ate1
Related forms
emulative, adjective
emulatively, adverb
emulator, noun
nonemulative, adjective
overemulate, verb (used with object), overemulated, overemulating.
unemulative, adjective
Can be confused
emulate, immolate.
Synonyms
1. follow, copy.
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  • They appeal to noble sons to emulate the heroes of this great conflict.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • The Prince praised the deeds of his ancestors, and called upon him to emulate them.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • Some o' you jokers have got a fine richness of colour on your physiognimies that I don't pretend to emulate.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • Was it something in a cast of character or a tenet of a creed, or was it what any one could emulate?

  • Slowly, the modern masses are learning to emulate their erstwhile masters in the art of eating.

British Dictionary definitions for emulate

emulate

/ˈɛmjʊˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
emulative, adjective
emulatively, adverb
emulator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aemulārī, from aemulus competing with; probably related to imitārī to imitate
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Word Origin and History for emulate
v.

1580s, back-formation from emulation, or else from Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari "to rival." Related: Emulated; emulating.

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