Meaning of EMULATE in English


I. ˈem-yə-ˌlāt, -yü- transitive verb

( -lat·ed ; -lat·ing )

Etymology: Latin aemulatus, past participle of aemulari, from aemulus rivaling

Date: 1582


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. -lət adjective

Date: 1602

obsolete : emulous 1b

pricked on by a most emulate pride — Shakespeare

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