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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
Moreover, the next generation of rats emulated their own mothers’ behavior: High-licking moms begat high-licking children.
The track emulates the confusion of how someone could want their significant other out of their lives but need them at the same time.
This isn't the first time Melania has emulated Jackie's iconic style.
The president's tactics and behavior should never be emulated.
Visit the Thai Garden, which emulates a tropical garden only with Wisconsin-hardy plants.
The Neymar challenge sees people emulating the player, and the stunts are reverberating across the world.
England Under-17 striker Bobby Duncan signed from Manchester City last month, having been lured to Anfield by the possibility of emulating his cousin, the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
There are loads of jam bands today essentially emulating what Steely Dan was doing 40 years ago.
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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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