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February 29, 2008

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( Verb )

Pronunciation : émmye-làyt

Past and past participle : emulated
Present participle : emulating
3rd person present singular : emulates


1. to try to equal or surpass somebody or something that is successful or admired

2. to be successful in comparison with somebody or something else

3. to modify a computer system so that it appears to behave like another computer system, and can thereby accept data and run programs that are designed for the system being emulated

4. COMPUT : to modify to imitate another computer system

5. to compete successfully with somebody or something

6. to take as a model or make conform to a model


Late 16th century - Latin aemulat - past participle of aemulari - to rival - aemulus - rival


compete with, vie with, contend with, rival, outdo, match, imitate, follow, copy, mimic, ape, model yourself on, pattern yourself after

• Emulate means to strive to equal, excel, or match by imitating.

• Imitate means to reproduce or copy someone's behavior or looks.

• Follow means to travel behind, go after or come after.

• Succeed means to come next in time or succession, follow after another or to attain success, reach a goal.

• Xerox is actually a trademark for copies made on that brand of machine

• Copy is a duplicate made in any of a number of ways.

• Photocopy is a duplicate made using a machine with a photographic process.


abandon, desert, give up, leave, retreat, differ, disproportion, imbalance

Contextual Examples:

• Many students try to emulate their favorite teacher in their quest for knowledge.

• The American company emulated its successful Japanese competitor but never quite managed to do as well.

• Little Joey imitated his athletic older brother in the hope of one day emulating his success.

• I got ahead by emulating those who had gone before me.

• He did his best to emulate his father as a concert violinist.

• I am not going to emulate that celebrated lady by either refusing or accepting any one before he axes me.

• Do not try to emulate the achievement of better-funded ventures.

• A Jackdaw, who witnessed the capture of the lamb, was stirred with envy and determined to emulate the strength and flight of the Eagle.

• Some smaller cities now emulate the major capitals in their cultural offerings.

Related Words:

• emulative : Adjective

• emulatively : Adverb

• emulator : Noun

• emulation : Noun

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