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Examples of emulate in a Sentence
- If you are talking to someone younger, do not condescend. If you are talking to someone older, back up feelings with facts and never be in such a rush to make your point that you forget the art of listening. And please, no one try to emulate the histrionic, discursive style of any talking heads you see on television. —William Norwich, Vogue, 9 Sept. 2008
- Although some schools are postponing new projects because of the faltering economy, others are forging ahead with plans to emulate freshman programs that have long existed at some of the nation's oldest colleges. —Jeninne Lee-St. John, Time, 27 Oct. 2008
- I started out emulating Chandler in that first book, maybe the first book and a half, because I was in my novitiate, and whenever I wasn't clear on what to do I would actively think about Chandler and what Marlow would have done. —Robert B. Parker et al., Colloquium on Crime, 1986
She grew up emulating her sports heroes.
artists emulating the style of their teachers
Recent Examples of emulate from the Web
Silky duck liver pâté emulates creamy peanut butter, and the tangy strawberry-balsamic jam, with lingering sweet notes, speaks for itself.
Sister Kourtney emulated the late Michael Jackson in tight black curls, black gloves and a white button-up and blazer.
Everyone wants to emulate Alabama's success - in Florida's case leading to the hiring of ex-Nick Saban assistants Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain.
Some have speculated that Xi may also seek to stay in power beyond 2022, breaking a tradition followed by his two predecessors and emulating Russian President Vladimir Putin.
And now, thanks to Netflix, a new generation is discovering the glamorous and oft-emulated costumes of TV's favorite Upper East Siders.
Hurtado says the team seems motivated to emulate the success of the boys’ team.
Like Kirkpatrick, pros from Alabama's high schools and colleges have been emulating Santa Claus over the past month.
Murphy's turnaround is a success story that Greiner, who was selected as the state coach of the year, hopes other Harding players emulate.
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Did You Know?
If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, to paraphrase Charles C. Colton (circa 1780-1832), then past speakers of English clearly had a great admiration for the Latin language. The verb emulate joined the ranks of Latin-derived English terms in 1582. It comes from aemulus, a Latin term for rivaling or envious. Two related adjectives - emulate and emulous - appeared around the same time as the verb emulate. Both mean striving to emulate or sometimes jealous, but emulous is rare these days, and the adjective emulate is obsolete. The latter did have a brief moment of glory, however, when Shakespeare used it in Hamlet:
"Our last king,
Whose image even but now appear'd to us,
Was, as you know, by Fortinbras of Norway,
Thereto prick'd on by a most emulate pride,
Dar'd to the combat. . . ."
Origin and Etymology of emulate
First Known Use: 1582See Words from the same year
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