emulate [em′yo͞o lāt΄, em′yəlāt΄; ] for adj. [, em′yo͞o lit, em′yəlit]
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 imitating or copying, to equal or surpass
2. to imitate (a person or thing admired)
3. to rival successfully
4. Comput. to use an emulator to perform the functions of
Obs. ambitious

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