verb (used with object), e·mit·ted, e·mit·ting.

to send forth (liquid, light, heat, sound, particles, etc.); discharge.
to give forth or release (a sound): He emitted one shrill cry and then was silent.
to utter or voice, as opinions.
to issue, as an order or a decree.
to issue formally for circulation, as paper money.

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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Examples from the Web for emitted

Contemporary Examples of emitted

Historical Examples of emitted

  • At length the most daring of the "patriots" emitted a tentative hiss.

  • Kho emitted a grating sound reminiscent of an Earthly chuckle.


    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • He silently returned my greeting and emitted an immense cloud of smoke.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • His eyes were alight, and he emitted a deep-throated guffaw.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • With horrific pants he emitted smokiest smoke and fiercest fire.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

British Dictionary definitions for emitted


verb emits, emitting or emitted (tr)

to give or send forth; dischargethe pipe emitted a stream of water
to give voice to; uttershe emitted a shrill scream
physics to give off (radiation or particles)
to put (currency) into circulation

Word Origin for emit

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



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

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