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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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  • It would, indeed, be disrespectful in the listener not to pay intelligent heed to the discourses which emanate from the pulpit.

  • How does a bird produce the melodious notes that emanate from his throat?

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • We presume the unity of feeling can only emanate from a single mind.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • Honour will emanate from the people and be reflected upon the leaders.

  • Perfume too seemed to emanate from the glorious hair and white-clinging vestments of She herself.

    She H. Rider Haggard
  • The powers that emanate from the glittering wonder are as terrible as they are unnatural.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • What an unearthly light such confessions throw upon the mentalities from which they emanate!

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • It is pitched in the nursery-key, and might be supposed to emanate from an angry governess.

    Italian Hours Henry James
  • He said that the doctrine that all powers should emanate from the people is not a question of expediency.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
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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