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[verb rey-dee-eyt; adjective rey-dee-it, -eyt]
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verb (used without object), ra·di·at·ed, ra·di·at·ing.
  1. to extend, spread, or move like rays or radii from a center.
  2. to emit rays, as of light or heat; irradiate.
  3. to issue or proceed in rays.
  4. (of persons) to project or glow with cheerfulness, joy, etc.: She simply radiates with good humor.
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verb (used with object), ra·di·at·ed, ra·di·at·ing.
  1. to emit in rays; disseminate, as from a center.
  2. (of persons) to project (joy, goodwill, etc.).
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  1. radiating from a center.
  2. having rays extending from a central point or part: a coin showing a radiate head.
  3. radiating symmetrically.
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Origin of radiate

First recorded in 1610–20, radiate is from the Latin word radiātus (past participle of radiāre to radiate light, shine). See radiant, -ate1
Related formsra·di·a·ble, adjectivera·di·a·bil·i·ty, ra·di·a·ble·ness, nounra·di·a·bly, ra·di·ate·ly, adverban·ti·ra·di·at·ing, adjectivein·ter·ra·di·ate, verb (used without object), in·ter·ra·di·at·ed, in·ter·ra·di·at·ing.mul·ti·ra·di·ate, adjectivemul·ti·ra·di·at·ed, adjectivenon·ra·di·at·ing, adjectivere·ra·di·ate, verb, re·ra·di·at·ed, re·ra·di·at·ing.sub·ra·di·ate, adjectiveun·ra·di·at·ed, adjective
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  • And have you radiating the fact like a broadcasting station?

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • Then he turned again to Elsmere, his face softening, radiating.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • "I'm Bob Herschell," he said smiling and radiating friendliness at the youngsters.

    The Premiere

    Richard Sabia

  • Its light, radiating to some distance, does not avail him—he sees them not!

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • Some were a complete representative of the opal, with all its radiating fire.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for radiating


verb (ˈreɪdɪˌeɪt)
  1. Also: eradiate to emit (heat, light, or some other form of radiation) or (of heat, light, etc) to be emitted as radiation
  2. (intr) (of lines, beams, etc) to spread out from a centre or be arranged in a radial pattern
  3. (tr) (of a person) to show (happiness, health, etc) to a great degree
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adjective (ˈreɪdɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. having rays; radiating
  2. (of a capitulum) consisting of ray florets
  3. (of animals or their parts) showing radial symmetry
  4. adorned or decorated with raysa radiate head on a coin
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin radiāre to emit rays
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Word Origin and History for radiating



1610s, "spread in all directions from a point," from Latin radiatus, past participle of radiare "to beam, shine, gleam; make beaming" (see radiation). Meaning "be radiant, give off rays (of light or heat)" is from 1704. Related: Radiated; radiates; radiating.

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"having rays, furnished with rays, shining," 1660s, from Latin radiatus (see radiate (v.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

radiating in Medicine


  1. To spread out in all directions from a center.
  2. To emit or be emitted as radiation.
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Related formsradi•a′tive adj.
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