v. be a match or counterpart for; eager to equal or excel
In a brief essay, describe a person you admire, someone whose virtues you would like to emulate.
Sentence in Classic:
Light and air contend with chivalric emulation for the love of the fair flower that bestowed her chief favors on the latter; full of longing she turned towards the light, and as soon as it vanished, rolled her tender leaves together and slept in the embraces of the air.
Andersen's Fairy Tales By Hans Christian Andersen Context
Even the slightest word of encouragement from Alexander Petrovitch could throw a lad into a transport of tremulous joy, and arouse in him an honourable emulation of his fellows.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Context
The inhabitants were all doing well, it seemed, and all emulously hoping to do better still, and laying out the surplus of their gains in coquetry; so that the shop fronts stood along that thoroughfare with an air of invitation, like rows of smiling saleswomen.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson Context
If a stranger were introduced into any miscellaneous metropolitan society, it would but slightly advance the general opinion of his merits, were he presented to the company as a harpooneer, say; and if in emulation of the naval officers he should append the initials S.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
Then I bid leave the harbour and sit down at the thwarts; emulously my comrades strike the water, and sweep through the seas.
Imitating the example, and emulating the confidence of their more experienced associates, Munro and Duncan slept without fear, if not without uneasiness.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context