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verb (used with object), em·a·nat·ed, em·a·nat·ing.
  1. 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 formsem·a·na·tive, adjectiveem·a·na·tor, nounem·a·na·to·ry [em-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɛm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·em·a·nat·ing, adjectivere·em·a·nate, verb (used without object), re·em·a·nat·ed, re·em·a·nat·ing.un·em·a·na·tive, adjective

Synonym study

1. See emerge.
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Contemporary Examples of emanate

Historical Examples of emanate

  • 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.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for emanate


  1. (intr often foll by from) to issue or proceed from or as from a source
  2. (tr) to send forth; emit
Derived Formsemanative (ˈɛmənətɪv), adjectiveemanator, nounemanatory (ˈɛməˌneɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for emanate

C18: from Latin ēmānāre to flow out, from mānāre to flow
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Word Origin and History for emanate

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

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