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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.
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Origin of emit

1620–30; < Latin ēmittere to send forth, equivalent to ē- e-1 + mittere to send
Related formsre·e·mit, verb (used with object), re·e·mit·ted, re·e·mit·ting.self-e·mit·ted, adjectiveun·e·mit·ted, adjectiveun·e·mit·ting, adjective
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Related Words for emit

breathe, expend, spit, spill, spew, vent, emanate, pour, beam, utter, ooze, belch, transmit, radiate, exude, secrete, exhale, shed, expel, pronounce

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Contemporary Examples of emit

Historical Examples of emit

  • Glory leaped up from the table and her eyes seemed to emit fire.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • And Mr Powell, flattered and embarrassed, could but emit a vague murmur of protest.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Mrs. Hermann would glance at me quickly, emit slight "Ach's!"


    Joseph Conrad

  • And Mr. Powell, flattered and embarrassed, could but emit a vague murmur of protest.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Like the Fox Snake it will emit an unpleasant odor when caught.


    Alan Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for emit


verb emits, emitting or emitted (tr)
  1. to give or send forth; dischargethe pipe emitted a stream of water
  2. to give voice to; uttershe emitted a shrill scream
  3. physics to give off (radiation or particles)
  4. to put (currency) into circulation
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Word Origin for emit

C17: from Latin ēmittere to send out, from mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for emit


1620s, from Latin emittere "send forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). Related: Emitted; emitting.

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