[ em-uh-neyt ]
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verb (used without object),em·a·nat·ed, em·a·nat·ing.
  1. to flow out, issue, or proceed, as from a source or origin; come forth; originate.

verb (used with object),em·a·nat·ed, em·a·nat·ing.
  1. to send forth; emit.

Origin of emanate

First recorded in 1780–90; from Latin ēmānātus “having flowed out” (past participle of ēmānāre ), equivalent to ē- “out of, from” + mān-, stem of mānāre “to flow, trickle” + -ātus adjective suffix; see e-1, -ate1

Other words for emanate

Other words from emanate

  • em·a·na·tive, adjective
  • em·a·na·tor, noun
  • em·a·na·to·ry [em-uh-nuh-tawr-ee], /ˈɛm ə nəˌtɔr i/, adjective
  • re·em·a·nate, verb (used without object), re·em·a·nat·ed, re·em·a·nat·ing.
  • un·em·a·na·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for emanate


/ (ˈɛməˌneɪt) /

  1. (intr often foll by from) to issue or proceed from or as from a source

  2. (tr) to send forth; emit

Origin of emanate

C18: from Latin ēmānāre to flow out, from mānāre to flow

Derived forms of emanate

  • emanative (ˈɛmənətɪv), adjective
  • emanator, noun
  • emanatory (ˈɛməˌneɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

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