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[v. em-yuh-leyt; adj. em-yuh-lit] /v. ˈɛm yəˌleɪt; adj. 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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Examples from the web for emulated
  • Since the instructor showcased our effort as a example, it only makes sense that it would be emulated.
  • Other researchers have emulated the olestra approach.
  • But such foamy behavior is emulated by human brain at slightly higher supramolecular level, then common quantum mechanics allows.
  • It is a payback to be emulated by others who have made billions, or even mere millions.
  • He also emulated his father in the matter of siring children.
  • Engineers studied the band's sophisticated sound system, radical at the time but widely emulated today.
  • It's not exactly a place to be envied or emulated, but it has found a kind of peace.
  • Stein even emulated the take-out setup: yellow fluorescent light, stool-and-counter layout, concrete floors resembling a sidewalk.
  • The economy of his prose, the tact of his imagery, the courage of his thought are there to be admired and emulated.
  • And there are so many people who heard him and emulated his style.
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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