What does the word emulate mean?

Usage examples for emulate

  1. I will emulate them. – Seraphita by Honore de Balzac
  2. Nevertheless, he could emulate Courtenay's coolness. – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  3. He should not, then, dispute with either of them; but, as both coveted the praise, why should they not emulate each other by promoting this improvement in the condition of the human race? – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson