When you emulate someone, you imitate them, especially with the idea of matching their success.

When someone is impressive because of their great skills, brains, strength, or accomplishments, others will emulate them. To emulate is to imitate and model yourself after someone. People emulate role models — people they want to be like. After Michael Jordan retired from the NBA, player after player tried to emulate Jordan's game and success. It's hard to be as good as someone like that, but having a hero to emulate can be helpful in many areas of life.

Definitions of emulate

v strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

“He is emulating the skating skills of his older sister”
Type of:
copy, imitate, simulate
reproduce someone's behavior or looks

v compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with

“This artist's drawings cannot emulate his water colors”
Type of:
compete, contend, vie
compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

v imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software

Type of:
appear like, as in behavior or appearance

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