A little boy trying to emulate his father.
An example of emulate is a little boy trying to be like his father.
- to try, often by imitating or copying, to equal or surpass
- to imitate (a person or thing admired)
- to rival successfully
- Comput. to use an emulator to perform the functions of
Origin of emulate; from Classical Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari ; from aemulus, trying to equal or excel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ai- to give, accept, take from source Classical Greek ainymai, take
transitive verbem·u·lat·ed, em·u·lat·ing, em·u·lates
- To strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation: an older pupil whose accomplishments and style I emulated.
- To compete with successfully; approach or attain equality with.
- Computers 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.
Origin of emulateLatin aemular&imacron;, aemulat-, from aemulus, emulous; see emulous.
(third-person singular simple present emulates, present participle emulating, simple past and past participle emulated)
(comparative more emulate, superlative most emulate)
- (obsolete) Striving to excel; ambitious; emulous.
From the Latin aemulātiō ("strive").