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From Latin aemulor (to rival, emulate).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛm.jə.leɪt/
  • Hyphenation: em‧u‧late
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emulate (third-person singular simple present emulates, present participle emulating, simple past and past participle emulated)

  1. (now rare) To attempt to equal or be the same as.
  2. To copy or imitate, especially a person.
    • 2011 October 1, Saj Chowdhury, “Wolverhampton 1 - 2 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      The Magpies are unbeaten and enjoying their best run since 1994, although few would have thought the class of 2011 would come close to emulating their ancestors.
  3. (obsolete) To feel a rivalry with; to be jealous of, to envy.
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 146:
      But the councell then present emulating my successe, would not thinke it fit to spare me fortie men to be hazzarded in those unknowne regions [...].
  4. (computing) of a program or device: to imitate another program or device

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emulate (comparative more emulate, superlative most emulate)

  1. (obsolete) Striving to excel; ambitious; emulous.

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  1. second-person plural present indicative of emulare
  2. second-person plural imperative of emulare
  3. feminine plural of emulato