Simple Definition of emit
: to send (light, energy, etc.) out from a source
: to make (a certain sound)
Examples of emit in a sentence
The telescope can detect light emitted by distant galaxies.
chimneys emitting thick, black smoke
The brakes emitted a loud squeal.
Origin and Etymology of emit
Latin emittere to send out, from e- + mittere to send
First Known Use: 1598
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Definition of emit for Students
: to send out from a source <emit light>
Word Root of emit
The Latin word mittere, meaning “to send,” and its form missus give us the roots mit and miss. Words from the Latin mittere have something to do with sending. A missile is an object, such as a bullet, arrow, or rocket, that is sent through the air so as to hit a target. To emit is to send forth or give out. To omit, or leave out, is to send away so as to not be included. To permit, or allow, is to send something through without stopping it.
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