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[ih-mit] /ɪˈmɪt/
verb (used with object), emitted, emitting.
to send forth (liquid, light, heat, sound, particles, etc.); discharge.
to give forth or release (a sound):
He emitted one shrill cry and then was silent.
to utter or voice, as opinions.
to issue, as an order or a decree.
to issue formally for circulation, as paper money.
Origin of emit
1620-30; < Latin ēmittere to send forth, equivalent to ē- e-1 + mittere to send
Related forms
reemit, verb (used with object), reemitted, reemitting.
self-emitted, adjective
unemitted, adjective
unemitting, adjective Unabridged
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  • At length the most daring of the "patriots" emitted a tentative hiss.

  • Kho emitted a grating sound reminiscent of an Earthly chuckle.

    Flamedown Horace Brown Fyfe
  • He silently returned my greeting and emitted an immense cloud of smoke.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • His eyes were alight, and he emitted a deep-throated guffaw.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • With horrific pants he emitted smokiest smoke and fiercest fire.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • Vose Adams was silent a moment and then emitted a low whistle.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • The Padre gave a well-assumed start and emitted a low whistle.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for emitted


verb (transitive) emits, emitting, emitted
to give or send forth; discharge: the pipe emitted a stream of water
to give voice to; utter: she emitted a shrill scream
(physics) to give off (radiation or particles)
to put (currency) into circulation
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēmittere to send out, from mittere to send
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for emitted



1620s, from Latin emittere "send forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). Related: Emitted; emitting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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