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[em-uh-neyt] /ˈɛm əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), emanated, emanating.
to flow out, issue, or proceed, as from a source or origin; come forth; originate.
Synonyms: arise, spring, flow.
verb (used with object), emanated, emanating.
to send forth; emit.
Origin of emanate
1780-90; < Latin ēmānātus having flowed out (past participle of ēmānāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + mān- flow + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
emanative, adjective
emanator, noun
[em-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɛm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonemanating, adjective
reemanate, verb (used without object), reemanated, reemanating.
unemanative, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See emerge. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for emanate
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  • Honour will emanate from the people and be reflected upon the leaders.

  • Some of that power ought to emanate from him with every pill and drug which he prescribes.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • To them matter is as insoluble as the transforming forces which emanate from it.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • He said that the doctrine that all powers should emanate from the people is not a question of expediency.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • The sounds seemed to emanate from the apartments of the Walsh family.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • I respect them because they are just, because they emanate from your will, which is the most sacred law for me.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
  • How does a bird produce the melodious notes that emanate from his throat?

    Our Bird Comrades

    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • No, this last degradation could emanate only from one who has the soul of a servant.

    The Music Master

    Charles Klein
  • He is judge and executor of laws which emanate solely from himself.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for emanate


(intransitive) often foll by from. to issue or proceed from or as from a source
(transitive) to send forth; emit
Derived Forms
emanative (ˈɛmənətɪv) adjective
emanator, noun
emanatory (ˈɛməˌneɪtərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ēmānāre to flow out, from mānāre to flow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for emanate

1680s, from Latin emanatus, past participle of emanare (see emanation). Related: Emanated; emanating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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