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emulate

[verb em-yuh-leyt; adjective em-yuh-lit]
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verb (used with object), em·u·lat·ed, em·u·lat·ing.
  1. to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass: to emulate one's father as a concert violinist.
  2. to rival with some degree of success: Some smaller cities now emulate the major capitals in their cultural offerings.
  3. Computers.
    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.
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adjective
  1. Obsolete. emulous.
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Origin of emulate

1580–90; < Latin aemulātus, past participle of aemulārī to rival. See emulous, -ate1
Related formsem·u·la·tive, adjectiveem·u·la·tive·ly, adverbem·u·la·tor, nounnon·em·u·la·tive, adjectiveo·ver·em·u·late, verb (used with object), o·ver·em·u·lat·ed, o·ver·em·u·lat·ing.un·em·u·la·tive, adjective
Can be confusedemulate immolate

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1. follow, copy.
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emulate

verb (tr)
  1. to attempt to equal or surpass, esp by imitation
  2. to rival or compete with
  3. 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
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Derived Formsemulative, adjectiveemulatively, adverbemulator, 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 emulative

emulate

v.

1580s, back-formation from emulation, or else from Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari "to rival." Related: Emulated; emulating.

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