A Word A Day : Emulate

Friday, 29th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( 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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