- 1 emulate somebody/something (formal) to try to do something as well as somebody else because you admire them She hopes to emulate her sister's sporting achievements.
- 2emulate something (computing) (of a computer program, etc.) to work in the same way as another computer, etc. and perform the same tasks Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin aemulat-
BrE BrE//ˈemjuleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈemjuleɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they emulate
BrE BrE//ˈemjuleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈemjuleɪt//he / she / it emulates
BrE BrE//ˈemjuleɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈemjuleɪts//past simple emulated
BrE BrE//ˈemjuleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈemjuleɪtɪd//past participle emulated
BrE BrE//ˈemjuleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈemjuleɪtɪd//-ing form emulating
BrE BrE//ˈemjuleɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈemjuleɪtɪŋ//