- 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 emulated
“He was amazing about befriending people where there may not be common interests, and I emulated that,” Bush says.Dubya’s Portraits of Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin Are Just as Genius as You Hoped
April 4, 2014
It has emulated others in learning how Washington works and how to work in Washington.Palestine's Washington Showcase
October 1, 2013
In a storied career, it may be his unfailingly positive outlook for which he is most admired and emulated.What Michael J. Fox’s Return to TV Tells Us About the Power of Optimism
Deborah W. Brooks
September 26, 2013
Kathryn has emulated her parents by taking up a successful career in the law.Thief Holds Tony Blair’s Daughter At Gunpoint Demanding Jewels and Cash
September 19, 2013
Almost no Arabs believe this, because almost no one in the Arab world looks to Iraq as a success story to be emulated.Was the Iraq War Worth It?
March 20, 2013
It is an excellent charity, and one that may well be emulated in other cities.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
Here, at least, was an aristocrat with a spirit to be admired and emulated.The Trampling of the Lilies
Now she sat down with her brother man and emulated him in ready give and take.The Prisoner
Evidently other boys at her end of the street had emulated John and Bill.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
Jim rather unsteadily filled; I emulated, but to scanter measure.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
- 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 emulated
1580s, back-formation from emulation, or else from Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari "to rival." Related: Emulated; emulating.