Definition of emulate in English:



  • 1 Match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation.

    ‘most rulers wished to emulate Alexander the Great’
    • ‘The chief executive would be more than happy if they can emulate that achievement this year but knows they can take nothing for granted.’
    • ‘Do you have any comment for the critics who claim you're just trying to emulate Jackson's startling success?’
    • ‘Among the many factors which have driven him, one has been his wish to emulate his grandfather.’
    • ‘My ambition from the time I can remember was to emulate what he did.’
    • ‘With them will be countless other skiers who want to emulate their feat.’
    • ‘As for the players who are capable of emulating his achievements at the World Cup 38 years ago, he is tipping four stars to make a major impact.’
    • ‘He is hoping to emulate his achievement of last season by staying in the team for the rest of the campaign.’
    • ‘They will do very well if they emulate the success of their legendary father.’
    • ‘At this stage, though, Murray is motivated not by money, just a desire to emulate Tim Henman's notable achievements.’
    • ‘Last season they finished top of their group in the UEFA Cup and few would bet against them emulating that achievement this season.’
    • ‘If he can emulate this achievement, the fans will soon forget their qualms over his aggressive takeover.’
    • ‘He wouldn't miss today's final for the world, but even if they do succeed in emulating his achievement of 31 years ago, he has no plans for an elaborate celebration.’
    • ‘His advice to those who would emulate his success is first to get education.’
    • ‘For many players, his repertoire could serve as a model worth emulating.’
    • ‘Arthur has often spoken of his pride at following in the footsteps of the great fighter, and now hopes to emulate his achievement in winning a world title.’
    imitate, copy, reproduce, mimic, mirror, echo, follow, model oneself on, take as a model, take as an example
    match, equal, parallel, be the equal of, be on a par with, be in the same league as, come near to, come close to, approximate
    compete with, contend with, rival, vie with, surpass
    take a leaf out of someone's book
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    1. 1.1Imitate.
      ‘hers is not a hairstyle I wish to emulate’
      • ‘He decided to emulate Dave and write some of his own material.’
      • ‘So a movie fictionalizing a school shooting committed by kids emulating a movie is art imitating life which imitated art.’
      • ‘"Don't emulate what the Americans are doing, " he prescribes.’
      • ‘Many upcoming artistes are said to emulate her style but rarely can match her flair.’
      • ‘That's like the person at the party that has no personality but suddenly emulates the loud person.’
      • ‘Amanda talks about how she wishes Tom would emulate his father in only one respect: his attention to personal appearance.’
      • ‘Of course we begin by emulating the people we recognize as virtuous in our society; hence, unsurprisingly, virtues differ between cultures.’
      • ‘We certainly wouldn't be trying to emulate people with blurred vision.’
      • ‘The truth is that a lot of young people do not invent it for themselves; they emulate other people, who should also look very hard in the mirror.’
      • ‘Industrial systems can, if we want them to, emulate natural systems and virtually eliminate waste.’
      • ‘As noted in Chapter 16, focus group research is often described as more natural than qualitative interviewing because it emulates the way people discuss issues in real life.’
      • ‘He wanted to emulate the beaux arts style of Paris of that era.’
      • ‘Knowing he is emulating his father's behavior, Nick cannot stop - he is driven by fear.’
      • ‘Another 230 people took part in simulated tasks and interviews emulating the shopping experience.’
      • ‘And we're starting to get little kids walking, because they emulate their heroes.’
    2. 1.2Computing Reproduce the function or action of (a different computer, software system, etc.)
      ‘the adaptor is factory set to emulate a Hercules graphics board’
      • ‘Well this is a free software download that emulates the arcade machines and then you can pick up the relevant software for just about any old arcade game.’
      • ‘If we had good models for neurons and a wiring diagram of a brain, we could emulate it as a straightforward network simulation.’
      • ‘The MHSS emulates tactical and sonar displays and provides a high fidelity simulation of the underwater acoustic environment and sonar image formation process.’
      • ‘The Spectrum ran from 1982-1992 but people are still programming games for it today and it's easily the most emulated computer on the net.’
      • ‘Every service provided by the voice network can be emulated through software.’
      • ‘They have developed software which emulates the obsolete BBC computer and videodisc player on which the original system ran.’
      • ‘The digital broadcasts can contain data that more closely emulates a computer program.’
      • ‘So the new online courses take the best of what we know works in a classroom, and tries to emulate that or simulate that in the online environment.’
      • ‘It's a poor man's way to emulate a mainframe running Linux instances.’
      • ‘These simulators allow standard computers to emulate actual battlefield operating systems.’


Late 16th century: from Latin aemulat- rivalled, equalled, from the verb aemulari, from aemulus rival.