V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. strive to match, especially by imitating; 2. to successfully compete with someone or something in order to reach equality with it

Synonyms: copy, imitate, follow suit, model, compete, identify with

Antonyms: originate

Tips: In business, a company may strive to emulate (model, copy) another's success. Business leaders may have had mentors whom they emulated to achieve success. Remember that emulate is not simply a synonym of imitate. When you imitate someone, you copy what they do, and when you emulate someone, you strive to reach or exceed their success; you can do this by copying some of their best practices, but it's always with a focus on matching or exceeding their success.

Usage Examples:

The boy hoped to emulate his older brother by excelling in sports. (imitate, follow suit)

I recently bought a book on how to emulate successful business leaders. (copy, identify with)

I admire my manager and try to emulate her work ethic in order to please her. (imitate, model, exceed)

The CEO was working hard to emulate his predecessor's record company earnings. (surpass, match, exceed)

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