em·​u·​la·​tion ˌem-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce emulation (audio)
: ambition or endeavor to equal or excel others (as in achievement)
: the use of or technique of using an emulator
obsolete : ambitious or envious rivalry
emulative adjective
emulatively adverb

Examples of emulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The launch of the Surface Pro X in 2019 was a lot better thanks to improved emulation and underlying Windows changes. Tom Warren, The Verge, 20 May 2024 Part of the holdup (beyond Snapdragon laptop chips' lackluster performance) has been the staccato introduction of important native-running applications for Windows on Arm, leaving some key ones reliant on emulation to work on the platform. John Burek, PCMAG, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for emulation 

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Word History


borrowed from Latin aemulātiōn-, aemulātiō, from aemulārī "to vie with, rival, imitate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at emulate entry 1

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of emulation was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Emulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulation. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


em·​u·​la·​tion ˌem-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce emulation (audio)
: the ambition or effort to emulate
emulative adjective

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