Definition of emulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈemyəˌlāt/


[with object]
1Match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation: lesser men trying to emulate his greatness
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  • At this stage, though, Murray is motivated not by money, just a desire to emulate Tim Henman's notable achievements.
  • As for the players who are capable of emulating his achievements at the World Cup 38 years ago, he is tipping four stars to make a major impact.
  • He wouldn't miss today's final for the world, but even if they do succeed in emulating his achievement of 31 years ago, he has no plans for an elaborate celebration.
match, equal, parallel, be on a par with, be in the same league as, come close to;
compete with, contend with, rival, surpass;
take a leaf out of someone's book
1.1Imitate: hers is not a hairstyle I wish to emulate
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  • Another 230 people took part in simulated tasks and interviews emulating the shopping experience.
  • So a movie fictionalizing a school shooting committed by kids emulating a movie is art imitating life which imitated art.
  • Knowing he is emulating his father's behavior, Nick cannot stop - he is driven by fear.
1.2 Computing Reproduce the function or action of (a different computer, software system, etc.).
Example sentences
  • It's a poor man's way to emulate a mainframe running Linux instances.
  • The Spectrum ran from 1982-1992 but people are still programming games for it today and it's easily the most emulated computer on the net.
  • These simulators allow standard computers to emulate actual battlefield operating systems.



Pronunciation: /ˈemyəˌlādiv/
Example sentences
  • Experts believe that emulative and introverted people, and those who strive for perfection, are at greater risk of experiencing the syndrome.
  • The first is through functionally emulative increments, which are increments of an organization that are created to emulate the functions and capabilities of the whole.
  • There's nothing inherently wrong with this type of nostalgia, but when it becomes as emulative and formulaic as it does here, it starts to seem like parody.


Pronunciation: /ˈemyəˌlādər/
Example sentences
  • Along the way, Purdy drew emulators and admirers from several generations of writers.
  • What took their place was not the masterwork of Mies Van der Rohe, but the ‘banal commercial buildings’ of lesser emulators and admirers.
  • However, nostalgic programmers have written emulators, programs that run on your PC that make the PC emulate the hardware of those 20 year old arcade machines.


Late 16th century: from Latin aemulat- 'rivaled, equaled', from the verb aemulari, from aemulus 'rival'.

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Syllabification: em·u·late

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