emulate
I. transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari, from aemulus rivaling Date: 1582 1. a. to strive to equal or excel b. imitate; especially to imitate by means of an emulator 2. to equal or approach equality with II. adjective Date: 1602 obsolete emulous 1b <
pricked on by a most emulate pride — Shakespeare
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  • Emulate — Em u*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Emulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Emulating}.] 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Emulate — Em u*late, a. [L. aemulatus, p. p. of aemulari, fr. aemulus emulous; prob. akin to E. imitate.] Striving to excel; ambitious; emulous. [Obs.] A most emulate pride. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • emulate — index copy, mock (imitate), pose (impersonate), reflect (mirror) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • emulate — (v.) 1580s, back formation from EMULATION (Cf. emulation), or else from L. aemulatus, pp. of aemulari to rival. Related: Emulated; emulating …   Etymology dictionary

  • emulate — *rival, compete, vie Analogous words: imitate, *copy, ape: *match, equal, approach, touch …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • emulate — [v] copy the actions of challenge, compete, compete with, contend, contend with, ditto*, do*, do like*, follow, follow in footsteps*, follow suit*, follow the example of*, go like*, imitate, make like*, mimic, mirror, outvie, pattern after*,… …   New thesaurus

  • emulate — ► VERB ▪ try to equal or surpass, typically by imitation. DERIVATIVES emulation noun emulative adjective emulator noun. ORIGIN Latin aemulari to rival or equal …   English terms dictionary

  • emulate — [em′yo͞o lāt΄, em′yəlāt΄; ] for adj. [, em′yo͞o lit, em′yəlit] vt. emulated, emulating [< L aemulatus, pp. of aemulari < aemulus, trying to equal or excel < IE base * ai to give, accept, take > Gr ainymai, take] 1. to try, often by… …   English World dictionary

  • emulate — emulative, adj. emulatively, adv. emulator, n. v. /em yeuh layt /; adj. /em yeuh lit/, v., emulated, emulating, adj. v.t. 1. to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass: to emulate one s father as a concert violinist. 2. to… …   Universalium

  • emulate — [[t]e̱mjʊleɪt[/t]] emulates, emulating, emulated VERB If you emulate something or someone, you imitate them because you admire them a great deal. [FORMAL] [V n] Sons are traditionally expected to emulate their fathers. Derived words: emulation… …   English dictionary

  • emulate — UK [ˈemjʊleɪt] / US [ˈemjəˌleɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms emulate : present tense I/you/we/they emulate he/she/it emulates present participle emulating past tense emulated past participle emulated 1) formal to try to be like someone or… …   English dictionary

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