- 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
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Related Wordsbreathe, expend, spit, spill, spew, vent, emanate, pour, beam, utter, ooze, belch, transmit, radiate, exude, secrete, exhale, shed, expel, pronounce
Examples from the Web for emitted
Holding a portable antenna high over his head, he surveyed the area as it emitted a series of telling bleeps.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too
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The associate is said to have also discovered a black plastic bag that emitted what police describe as a “strong odor.”Tiona Rodriguez Charged After Dead Fetus Found in Bag at Victoria’s Secret
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This is a measure (in watts per kilogram) of how much of the emitted radiation is absorbed by biological tissue.Are Cellphones Really a Cancer Risk?
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At length the most daring of the "patriots" emitted a tentative hiss.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Kho emitted a grating sound reminiscent of an Earthly chuckle.Flamedown
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He silently returned my greeting and emitted an immense cloud of smoke.A Hero of Our Time
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His eyes were alight, and he emitted a deep-throated guffaw.The Law-Breakers
With horrific pants he emitted smokiest smoke and fiercest fire.The Golden Age
- 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
C17: from Latin ēmittere to send out, from mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for emitted
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