emulate vs imitate :

emulate or imitate

People generally know what “imitate” means, but they sometimes don’t understand that “emulate” is a more specialized word with a purely positive function, meaning to try to equal or match. Thus if you try to climb the same mountain your big brother did, you're emulating him; but if you copy his habit of sticking peas up his nose, you're just imitating him.

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  • v  strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
  • v  imitate the function of (another system), as by modifying the hardware or the software
  • v  compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with
    This artist's drawings cannot emulate his water colors

  • v  reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    The mime imitated the passers-by
  • v  appear like, as in behavior or appearance
    Life imitate art
  • v  make a reproduction or copy of
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