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[verb em-yuh-leyt; adjective em-yuh-lit] /verb ˈɛm yəˌleɪt; adjective ˈɛm yə lɪt/
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.
  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.
Obsolete. emulous.
Origin of emulate
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.
1. follow, copy. Unabridged
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  • The citizens of Breslau joined those of Prague, and emulated them by flinging their councillors out of the town-house windows.

  • It is an excellent charity, and one that may well be emulated in other cities.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • Thus Philadelphia offers an example, in more than one direction, which might be emulated by her sister cities.

  • Here, at least, was an aristocrat with a spirit to be admired and emulated.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • Have you proved that the Heathens "emulated in the transcendent flagitiousness of their lives, the impure morals of their gods?"

    Watson Refuted Samuel Francis
British Dictionary definitions for emulated


verb (transitive)
to attempt to equal or surpass, esp by imitation
to rival or compete with
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 emulated



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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