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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Emulate


EM'ULATE, verb transitive [Latin oemulor; Gr. strife, contest.]

1. To strive to equal or excel, in qualities or actions; to imitate, with a view to equal or excel; to vie with; to rival. Learn early to emulate the good and the great. emulate the virtues and shun the vices of distinguished men.

2. To be equal to.

Thy eye would emulate the diamond.

3. To imitate; to resemble. [Unusual.]

Convulsion emulating the motion of laughter.

EM'ULATE, adjective Ambitious. [Little used.]