- 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 emulating
At other times, he spoke of emulating the settler movement, of which he was a follower in his youth.Meet The Israeli Left's New Ideas Factory
April 18, 2013
The day after she posted the video, the actor Kellen was emulating caught wind of what was making the inbox and Twitter rounds.Glee’s 4-Year-Old Scene Stealer
August 13, 2011
New York has some very interesting energy efficiency and green building programs that we are emulating.Newsom's California Dream
October 7, 2009
This set the model that Michelle Obama is intent on emulating.Will the Obama Kids Stay in Chicago with Grandma?
November 13, 2008
"That far, at least," I answered him, emulating the caution he had shown.The Shame of Motley
He is boxing his way up the school, emulating his great brother.The Christmas Books
William Makepeace Thackeray
Nor were the others at all backward in emulating so good an example.Venus in Boston;
"I am emulating Florence Nightingale," she returned lightly.Patty's Perversities
Diogenes, the two-year old, was a Tartar when emulating his brothers.Our Next-Door Neighbors
Belle Kanaris Maniates
- 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 emulating
1580s, back-formation from emulation, or else from Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari "to rival." Related: Emulated; emulating.