[verb em-yuh-leyt; adjective em-yuh-lit]
- 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 emulative
Their eagerness was emulative, and made them rapid in their haste.
She was too self-centred, and, if the truth were told, too emulative.By the Light of the Soul
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Wealth gives rank, and gratifies not only the greed but also the emulative spirit of the pack.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
Pecuniary management is of an emulative character and gives, primarily, relative success only.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays
By degrees men and women are making ready to take their places in an emulative rather than a materialistically competitive order.An Essay On The American Contribution And The Democratic Idea
- 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
C16: from Latin aemulārī, from aemulus competing with; probably related to imitārī to imitate
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Word Origin and History for emulative
1580s, back-formation from emulation, or else from Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari "to rival." Related: Emulated; emulating.
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