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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 any rate, whatever the explanation, the sphere was emitting men!

  • He fell upon his back, emitting a shrill cry of alarm, like a woman's.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Butter was sizzling in the pans and emitting a sharp odor of burnt flour.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • "I should think so," said the Personage, emitting a long whiff of smoke.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • The elderly serang, emitting a strange, inarticulate cry, gave the example.

    A Personal Record Joseph Conrad
  • At the word salvation, I could see some emitting living fire for madness.

    The Sleeping Bard Ellis Wynne
  • It has the power of emitting a disagreeable odour when chased or alarmed.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for emitting


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 emitting



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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