What does emulate mean?

Definitions for emulateˈɛm yəˌleɪt; -lɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word emulate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. emulate(verb)

    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

    "He is emulating the skating skills of his older sister"

  2. emulate(verb)

    imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software

  3. emulate(verb)

    compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with

    "This artist's drawings cannot emulate his water colors"


  1. emulate(Verb)

    To attempt to equal or be the same as.

  2. emulate(Verb)

    To copy or imitate, especially a person.

  3. emulate(Verb)

    To feel a rivalry with; to be jealous of, to envy.

  4. emulate(Verb)

    (computing) of a program or device to imitate another program or device

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emulate(adj)

    striving to excel; ambitious; emulous

  2. Emulate(verb)

    to strive to equal or to excel in qualities or actions; to imitate, with a view to equal or to outdo, to vie with; to rival; as, to emulate the good and the great

  3. Origin: [L. aemulatus, p. p. of aemulari, fr. aemulus emulous; prob. akin to E. imitate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Emulate

    em′ū-lāt, v.t. to strive to equal or excel: to imitate, with a view to equal or excel: to rival.—adj. (Shak.) ambitious.—n. Emulā′tion, act of emulating or attempting to equal or excel: rivalry: competition: contest: (obs.) jealous rivalry.—adj. Em′ulative, inclined to emulation, rivalry, or competition.—n. Em′ulator:—fem. Em′ulatress.—adj. Em′ulatory, arising from or expressing emulation.—v.t. Em′ule (obs), to emulate.—adj. Em′ulous, eager to emulate: desirous of like excellence with another: engaged in competition or rivalry.—adv. Em′ulouslyn. Em′ulousness. [L. æmulāri, æmulātusæmulus, striving with.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of emulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of emulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    A best friend is he who can emulate a dog but still can talk.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Don't be a leader to dictate, but be a person whom everyone wants to emulate and follow.

  3. Anthea Butler:

    This is him pandering, he is not with them right now, he is trying to emulate (Mike) Huckabee.

  4. Confucious:

    When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

  5. Aimee Teegarden:

    When I was a kid, I loved Lucile Ball, i just really wanted to emulate her, I suppose. My passion for acting and producing has just grown over the years.

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