What does emulate mean?

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ˈɛm yəˌleɪt; -lɪtem·u·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emulateverb

    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

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

  2. emulateverb

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

  3. emulateverb

    compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with

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


  1. emulateverb

    To attempt to equal or be the same as.

  2. emulateverb

    To copy or imitate, especially a person.

  3. emulateverb

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

  4. emulateverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EMULATEverb

    Etymology: æmulor, Latin.

    I would have
    Him emulate you: ’tis no shame to follow
    The better precedent. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    Those fair ideas to my aid I’ll call,
    And emulate my great original. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

    What though no weeping loves thy ashes grace,
    Nor polish’d marble emulate thy face. Alexander Pope.

    I see how thy eye would emulate the diamond. William Shakespeare.

    We see no new-built palaces aspire,
    No kitchens emulate the vestal fire. Alexander Pope, Sat. of Donne.

    It is likewise attended with a delirium, fury, and an involuntary laughter, the convulsion emulating this motion. Arbuth.


  1. Emulate

    Emulate, Inc. (Emulate) is a biotechnology company that commercialized Organs-on-Chips technology—a human cell-based technology that recreates organ-level function to model organs in healthy and diseased states. The technology has applications in pharmaceutical research, product development, testing how different medicines, chemicals, and foods affect human health. Emulate has also worked with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on a precision medicine initiative that uses Organs-on-Chips technology in the clinical setting. This initiative is designed to provide clinicians with better data about how an individual patient may respond to treatment. The company also signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advance and qualify its Human Emulation System to meet regulatory evaluation for product testing.


  1. emulate

    To emulate is to imitate or copy someone or something with the intent to match or surpass their abilities, actions, or achievements, usually out of admiration or competition. It can also refer to replicating the function of one system or device using another system or device.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emulateadjective

    striving to excel; ambitious; emulous

  2. Emulateverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of emulate in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    This is a place where I think President Obama missed a real golden opportunity, because he has a stable family, loving children -- great, balanced children from what I can tell -- a strong relationship with his wife, and he could have shown that as a model for others to emulate. And I don't think he's done it as much.

  2. Anthea Butler:

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

  3. Mick Mulroy:

    My father was someone that I always looked to for guidance. I sought to emulate his beliefs and his actions. He was a former Jesuit Catholic priest turned professor and scientist. My father led by word and by deed. He taught me ethics and morality through the study of philosophy, especially that of Socrates.

  4. Jay Sole:

    There were a lot of brands trying to emulate that look, there was n’t anyone doing what Hoka was doing.

  5. Louis Leterrier:

    But my thing was never to emulate or to become the next' Game of Thrones,'.

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