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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
Guadalajara is now full of small and medium-sized startups trying to emulate what Silicon Valley innovators once did to build an ecosystem of successful companies and venture capitalists.
Maybe after Ocean's 8, some boys will want to emulate Cate Blanchett.
No one in the party now wants to emulate the man who dreamed it up: the disgraced Mr Najib.
Not everyone wanted to emulate the actors from The Craft (though, to be fair, the women on the Craft poster looked great).
Above all, perhaps, Engebretsen wants his team to emulate how Houston looks in order to sprint up the court and score quickly whenever possible.
What the students wanted to emulate most from their protesting predecessors was the sense of unity and focus those students had, Bryant said.
Plus, this was the late nineties and early aughts, when everyone on the planet wanted to emulate J.Lo's perfectly tawny glow.
Her rivals could try to emulate her physique, but most of them choose not to.
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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. . . ."
EMULATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emulate for English Language Learners
: to try to be like (someone or something you admire)
EMULATE Defined for Kids
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