Part of speech: noun

Effort or ambition to equal or excel another.

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Usage examples "emulation":

  1. The picture of this highly developed state, however, is not such as would tempt us to emulation. - "H. G. Wells", J. D. Beresford.
  2. He had assisted the police times without number, and had been so fascinated by the success of this branch of his investigations that he had started a new criminal record, which had been of the greatest help to the police and had piqued Scotland Yard to emulation. - "The Man Who Knew", Edgar Wallace.
  3. Increasing competition in trade has directed attention to the value of the consular reports printed by the Department of State, and the efforts of the Government to extend the practical usefulness of these reports have created a wider demand for them at home and a spirit of emulation abroad. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.