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verb [transitive]     emulate pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleemulating
past tenseemulated
past participleemulated
  1. 1
    formal to try to be like someone or something else, usually because you admire them

    a legal system that has been emulated all over the world

  2. 2
    computing if one computer system or program emulates another, it behaves in the same way

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     emulation pronunciation in British English
/ˌemjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]
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