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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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Copying another in an inferior or obsequious way:
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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.
This essay argues that Middle-march probes the defects of perfectionism as they manifest in three distinct conceptual guises: purity, redemption, and emulative striving.
How much of what he's doing is emulative of the real McChrystal?
The enabling business condition is something that is emulative and what the business community always contemplates for.
8) Part of the complexity arises because of the figure's dual identity as both a violent outlaw and morally emulative person.
Indicating this self-consciously emulative process and paralleling Gasprinskiy's earlier references to the intelligentsias of other peoples, the authors write that the "examples of Jewish, Polish, and other circles" inspire them with hope for the "complete realization of their ideas.
It was a very unfashionable thing to vote for Trump, and Americans are, as Alexis de Tocqueville noted, an emulative people.
give an overview of recent studies in this area that suggest that the contrast between emulative learning in primates and imitative learning in human children is not as sharp as Tomasello suggested, yet these studies do not undermine the fundamental thesis that "our species has acquired more refined capacities for both higher fidelity imitation and cumulative cultural learning" (Andrew Whiten et al.
That emulative relationship is clearest in the works that Bruegel produced for the printer Hieronymus Cock in the late 1550s.
34) Virgil's Aeneas looks towards the Carthaginian Dido (Africa) and her people as an emulative civilization.
The emulative invention of Edgar--green man, wild gentleman, possessed soul, and "learned Theban"--appears indeed to draw on the sentimental romance tradition that ironically exposes and evacuates the naif type of the medieval wild man.