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tr.v. em·u·lat·ed, em·u·lat·ing, em·u·lates
1. To strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation: an older pupil whose accomplishments and style I emulated.
2. To compete with successfully; approach or attain equality with.
3. Computers To imitate the function of (another system), as by modifications to hardware or software that allow the imitating system to accept the same data, execute the same programs, and achieve the same results as the imitated system.

[Latin aemulārī, aemulāt-, from aemulus, emulous; see emulous.]

em′u·la′tion (-lā′shən) n.
em′u·la′tive adj.
em′u·la′tor n.
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It took four men, all four ablaze with gorgeous decoration, and the Chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold watches in his pocket, emulative of the noble and chaste fashion set by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur's lips.
Finally Menelek restored quiet by the simple expedient of a frown, whereupon each loyal guest exchanged his mirthful mien for an emulative scowl.
(Pasquali, 1994: 275) About 30 years later, Gian Biagio Conte would add that allusions usually--but not necessarily--thrive on an emulative challenge against the original model, thus pointing out the differences between these two concepts, emulation and allusion: of course, echoes of Homer in Catullus have a diiferent meaning than in Virgil (Conte, 2012:31-34).
* the widespread diffusion of the phenomenon leads to an emulative effect, difficult to eradicate, and is configured as "self-fulfilling prophecy".
'His worthy and emulative fatherly role at the Senate is also highly commendable.
(88) Finally, on several occasions, constitutional innovations in one or a few states unleashed a contagion of emulative change.
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In the quest to identify the forces operating behind the processes of homogenization, the neoinstitutional literature has singled out three types of mechanism: coercive, normative, and emulative. (14) Mechanisms of coercion refer to "formal and informal pressures some organizations exercise on others that depend on them." (15) They encompass all the interactions, both subtle and explicit, which oblige other organizations to modify their practices, program, structures, and objectives.
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This essay argues that Middle-march probes the defects of perfectionism as they manifest in three distinct conceptual guises: purity, redemption, and emulative striving.
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