[verb em-yuh-leyt; adjective em-yuh-lit] /verb ˈɛm yəˌleɪt; adjective ˈɛm yə lɪt/

verb (used with object), emulated, emulating.
to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass:
to emulate one’s father as a concert violinist.
to rival with some degree of success:
Some smaller cities now emulate the major capitals in their cultural offerings.

Obsolete. .
verb (transitive)
to attempt to equal or surpass, esp by imitation
to rival or compete with
to make one computer behave like (another different type of computer) so that the imitating system can operate on the same data and execute the same programs as the imitated system

1580s, from Latin aemulator, agent noun from aemulari (see emulation). Computer sense attested by 1965.

1580s, back-formation from emulation, or else from Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari “to rival.” Related: Emulated; emulating.

Hardware or software that performs emulation.


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