Emulate vs Imitate what difference

what is difference between Emulate and Imitate

English

Alternative forms

  • æmulate (archaic)

Etymology

From Latin aemulor (to rival, emulate).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛm.jə.leɪt/
  • Hyphenation: em‧u‧late

Verb

emulate (third-person singular simple present emulates, present participle emulating, simple past and past participle emulated)

  1. (now rare) To attempt to equal or be the same as.
  2. To copy or imitate, especially a person.
  3. (obsolete) To feel a rivalry with; to be jealous of, to envy.
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 146:
      But the councell then present emulating my successe, would not thinke it fit to spare me fortie men to be hazzarded in those unknowne regions […].
  4. (computing) of a program or device: to imitate another program or device

Related terms

  • emulation
  • emulator
  • emulous

Translations

Adjective

emulate (comparative more emulate, superlative most emulate)

  1. (obsolete) Striving to excel; ambitious; emulous.

See also

  • mimic
  • copy
  • imitate
  • simulate

Anagrams

  • metulae

Italian

Verb

emulate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of emulare
  2. second-person plural imperative of emulare
  3. feminine plural of emulato


English

Etymology

From Latin imitatus, past participle of imito (to copy, portray, imitate).

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɪmɪteɪt/

Verb

imitate (third-person singular simple present imitates, present participle imitating, simple past and past participle imitated)

  1. To follow as a model or a pattern; to make a copy, counterpart or semblance of.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:imitate

Antonyms

  • create

Related terms

  • imitation
  • imitative
  • imitable
  • imitator

Translations

Further reading

  • imitate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • imitate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Esperanto

Adverb

imitate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of imiti

Italian

Verb

imitate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of imitare
  2. second-person plural imperative of imitare
  3. feminine plural of imitato

Anagrams

  • ematiti

Latin

Participle

imitāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of imitātus

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