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[ ih-mit ]

verb (used with object)

, e·mit·ted, e·mit·ting.
  1. to send forth (liquid, light, heat, sound, particles, etc.); discharge.
  2. to give forth or release (a sound):

    He emitted one shrill cry and then was silent.

  3. to utter or voice, as opinions.
  4. to issue, as an order or a decree.
  5. to issue formally for circulation, as paper money.


/ ɪˈmɪt /


  1. to give or send forth; discharge

    the pipe emitted a stream of water

  2. to give voice to; utter

    she emitted a shrill scream

  3. physics to give off (radiation or particles)
  4. to put (currency) into circulation

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Other Words From

  • ree·mit verb (used with object) reemitted reemitting
  • self-e·mitted adjective
  • une·mitted adjective
  • une·mitting adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of emit1

First recorded in 1620–30; from Latin ēmittere “to send forth,” from ē- e- 1 + mittere “to let go, send”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of emit1

C17: from Latin ēmittere to send out, from mittere to send

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Example Sentences

It’s impossible to untangle Bezos’s wealth from its source, the behemoth company that made him rich and which emits more carbon each year than, say, Portugal.

With the exception of maintenance trains, subway trains are typically powered by electricity, which means they don’t emit the same kinds of pollution as fossil fuel-burning vehicles.

The team found that the world emitted about 52,000 metric tons of CFC-11 in 2019 — a major drop from the annual average of 69,000 metric tons from 2014 to 2018.

To curb some of the worst consequences of climate change, we’ll need to emit close to zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Their superb olfactory receptors that outnumber ours threefold would let them smell many more mixtures than we can, so they can help train Deep Nose on various smells that we emit but can’t detect on our own.

These black holes are a type known as quasars: extremely massive objects that emit more light than the rest of the galaxy.

They emit an odor that no human being should inhale, and yet you have.

Some of the matter is ejected away in the form of huge powerful jets (which also emit a lot of light).

One possible reaction is to emit a deep and weary sigh at the notion that journalism has come to this.

Duck calls are short, whistle-like tools used to emit “quack” sounds in order to lure ducks for hunting.

The plants ripen very fast and emit an aromatic odor, increasing in strength as the plants ripen.

While growing, the plants emit a strong (p. 394) aromatic odor not like that of Havana tobacco, but stronger and less agreeable.

At last she raised her head; a feverish flush covered her face, and her soft eyes seemed to emit flashes.

At such times he would emit a sigh of repressed joy, while he raised his flashing eyes to heaven.

The large gas-burners (geysers) emit in burning under certain conditions much carbon monoxide.


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More About Emit

What does emit mean?

Emit means to release or discharge something, such as gas, liquid, heat, sound, light, or radiation.

The process of emitting is called emission. Emission can also refer to something that has been emitted. A specific example of an emission is the exhaust emitted from cars (in the U.S., such emissions are regulated through emissions tests). This exhaust is just one form of carbon emissions—greenhouse gases emitted from various sources that are known to contribute to global warming and climate change.

In things like TVs and light bulbs, the term LED stands for “light-emitting diode,” a semiconductor device that emits light when conducting current.

Emit usually implies that things are being released in a passive way, but some senses of the word are more active.

Emit sometimes specifically means to give off or make a sound, as in My cat emitted the worst sound when I accidentally stepped on his tail. It can also be used in a somewhat figurative way meaning to say or voice, as in She certainly emitted her opinion. 

Example: Collectively, volcanoes emit carbon dioxide at far lower levels than cars and airplanes.

Where does emit come from?

The first records of the word emit come from the 1600s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb ēmittere, from e-, meaning “out of,” and mittere, “to send.”

To emit something is to send it out or give it off, often in a passive way. Such emissions are often by-products released during the course of other processes—such as smoke being emitted from a factory or heat being emitted from a machine. Emissions from cars and airplanes come from the burning of fuel by their engines. When we say that someone emitted a sound, it can imply that it almost came out on its own.

In physics and electronics, the word emission is used in a more specific way to refer to the amount of electrons being emitted from an object.

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Emit is usually used in technical or scientific contexts.



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Which of the following things can be emitted?

A. liquid
B. gas
C. sound
D. all of the above

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