Definition of emulate in English:

emulate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation.

    ‘lesser men trying to emulate his greatness’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If he can emulate this achievement, the fans will soon forget their qualms over his aggressive takeover.’
    • ‘With them will be countless other skiers who want to emulate their feat.’
    • ‘Last season they finished top of their group in the UEFA Cup and few would bet against them emulating that achievement this season.’
    • ‘My ambition from the time I can remember was to emulate what he did.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His advice to those who would emulate his success is first to get education.’
    • ‘He is hoping to emulate his achievement of last season by staying in the team for the rest of the campaign.’
    • ‘The chief executive would be more than happy if they can emulate that achievement this year but knows they can take nothing for granted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For many players, his repertoire could serve as a model worth emulating.’
    imitate, copy, reproduce, mimic, mirror, echo, follow, model oneself on, take as a model, take as an example
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    1. 1.1 Imitate.
      ‘hers is not a hairstyle I wish to emulate’
      • ‘We certainly wouldn't be trying to emulate people with blurred vision.’
      • ‘Amanda talks about how she wishes Tom would emulate his father in only one respect: his attention to personal appearance.’
      • ‘Industrial systems can, if we want them to, emulate natural systems and virtually eliminate waste.’
      • ‘Knowing he is emulating his father's behavior, Nick cannot stop - he is driven by fear.’
      • ‘And we're starting to get little kids walking, because they emulate their heroes.’
      • ‘That's like the person at the party that has no personality but suddenly emulates the loud person.’
      • ‘Another 230 people took part in simulated tasks and interviews emulating the shopping experience.’
      • ‘So a movie fictionalizing a school shooting committed by kids emulating a movie is art imitating life which imitated art.’
      • ‘He decided to emulate Dave and write some of his own material.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course we begin by emulating the people we recognize as virtuous in our society; hence, unsurprisingly, virtues differ between cultures.’
      • ‘"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.’
      • ‘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.’
      imitate, mimic, ape, follow, echo, mirror, simulate, parrot, reproduce
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    2. 1.2Computing Reproduce the function or action of (a different computer, software system, etc.).
      • ‘It's a poor man's way to emulate a mainframe running Linux instances.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These simulators allow standard computers to emulate actual battlefield operating systems.’
      • ‘They have developed software which emulates the obsolete BBC computer and videodisc player on which the original system ran.’
      • ‘Every service provided by the voice network can be emulated through software.’
      • ‘The digital broadcasts can contain data that more closely emulates a computer program.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

emulate

/ˈemyəˌlāt//ˈɛmjəˌleɪt/