- 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.
Origin of emulate
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Examples from the Web for emulate
As you exit your teenage years, are there artist you would like to emulate?Portrait of the Austin Mahone as a Teen Idol
December 10, 2014
The experience is intended to emulate being taken hostage, which feels strange in these very real ISIS horror-drenched times.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights
October 7, 2014
A role model is someone whose behaviors one seeks to emulate.There She Is! Deport the Miss America Pageant.
October 6, 2014
In Chicago, you have rappers like Chief Keef posing with guns, and the young kids there emulate that.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber
September 25, 2014
This is not an example that current governments and institutions should emulate.The Holocaust’s Forgotten Roma Victims
Kristin Raeesi, Glenda Bailey-Mershon, Margareta Matache
September 13, 2014
Impudently she strove to emulate his coolness, but did not completely succeed.Scaramouche
But Straws was not called upon to emulate this classic example.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
The Prince praised the deeds of his ancestors, and called upon him to emulate them.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
"And one that an Englishman may do well to emulate," returned Bluewater.The Two Admirals
J. Fenimore Cooper
He determined to emulate Windsor, and he sent for Sir Carte.The Young Duke
- 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
Word Origin and History for emulate
1580s, back-formation from emulation, or else from Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari "to rival." Related: Emulated; emulating.