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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 emanates
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  • They shall give me that which properly they cannot give, but which emanates from them.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The quivering vitality that emanates from his pictures is thrilling.

    Chinese Painters Raphael Petrucci
  • That which emanates from this intensity of action is calm, is harmony, and harmony is rest.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Here, you and I will sign it, to show from whom it emanates.

    Ernest Bracebridge William H. G. Kingston
  • They scorn authority, except what emanates from themselves, and have but few nobility.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • From the same source there emanates another idea in competitions.

  • Socialism, like the old policy from which it emanates, confounds Government and society.

    The Law Frdric Bastiat
British Dictionary definitions for emanates


(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 emanates



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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