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Definition of "emulate" []

  • To strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation: an older pupil whose accomplishments and style I emulated. (verb-transitive)
  • To compete with successfully; approach or attain equality with. (verb-transitive)
  • Computer Science To imitate the function of (another system), as by modifications to hardware or software that allow the imitating system to accept the same data, execute the same programs, and achieve the same results as the imitated system. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete Ambitious; emulous. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "emulate" in a sentence
  • "There was nothing at all except for a red-ink circle around the phrase "emulate the verbiage.""
  • "Perhaps "emulate" is the wrong word -- each region has its own qualities, of course."
  • "SSG Jeff (USAR): Andrew Jackson is hardly the sort of President I would want any President to emulate from a constitutional standpoint."