Emulate – Imitate with effort; to equal or surpass
The emu was late (emulate) arriving but went on to imitate the best racing emus and surpassed them.
Examples of emulate in a sentence
If you want to be rich, emulate a wealthy entrepreneur.
The boy would emulate his father's morning routine, from reading the newspaper to sipping coffee.
Our youth desperately need to emulate positive role models.