verb (used without object), em·a·nat·ed, em·a·nat·ing.

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.

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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Examples from the Web for emanates

Contemporary Examples of emanates

Historical Examples of emanates

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for emanates



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



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

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