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emulate (v.)

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

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Definitions of emulate from WordNet

emulate (v.)
strive to equal or match, especially by imitating;
emulate (v.)
imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software;
emulate (v.)
compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with;
This artist's drawings cannot emulate his water colors
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