Definition of emanate
- a sweet scent emanating from the blossoms
- she seems to emanate an air of serenity
Good smells emanated from the kitchen.
Constant criticism has emanated from her opponents.
Happiness seems to emanate from her.
She seems to emanate happiness.
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First Known Use: 1756See Words from the same year
: to come out from a source
: to send (something) out : to give out (something)
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