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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
To protect the peaceful environment, the village emulates Japan’s monzenmachi, the gate-front towns that surround sacred shrines and temples.
More premium crossover models are likely to enter the fray as carmakers seek to emulate the success of larger models and appeal to urban drivers.
During batting practice, Bellinger tried to emulate teammates Andre Ethier and Logan Forsythe by hitting the ball to the opposite field.
The laces emulate the look of the ropes used to tie down boats.
Thus, reliefs adorning a bronze mirror emulate Chinese models; the makers of gold earrings used a granulation technique that traveled from the Mediterranean along the Silk Road.
Both sides have spread their messages by emulating modern-day campaign tactics, including the use of social media, robocalls and mass mailings to reach shareholders.
There’s always pressure’ After losing to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50, Panthers coach Ron Rivera pointed to the Broncos as a team worth emulating.
Indeed, Democrats should emulate such a person, even if McCain himself sometimes doesn’t.
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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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