em·​a·​nate ˈe-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce emanate (audio)
emanated; emanating

intransitive verb

: to come out from a source
a sweet scent emanating from the blossoms

transitive verb

: emit
she seems to emanate an air of serenity
Choose the Right Synonym for emanate

spring, arise, rise, originate, derive, flow, issue, emanate, proceed, stem mean to come up or out of something into existence.

spring implies rapid or sudden emerging.

an idea that springs to mind

arise and rise may both convey the fact of coming into existence or notice but rise often stresses gradual growth or ascent.

new questions have arisen
slowly rose to prominence

originate implies a definite source or starting point.

the fire originated in the basement

derive implies a prior existence in another form.

the holiday derives from an ancient Roman feast

flow adds to spring a suggestion of abundance or ease of inception.

words flowed easily from her pen

issue suggests emerging from confinement through an outlet.

blood issued from the cut

emanate applies to the coming of something immaterial (such as a thought) from a source.

reports emanating from the capital

proceed stresses place of origin, derivation, parentage, or logical cause.

advice that proceeds from the best of intentions

stem implies originating by dividing or branching off from something as an outgrowth or subordinate development.

industries stemming from space research

Examples of emanate in a Sentence

Good smells emanated from the kitchen. Constant criticism has emanated from her opponents. Happiness seems to emanate from her. She seems to emanate happiness.
Recent Examples on the Web One sign of the tension emanating from both sides of the deal was the sheer length of negotiations. Lauren Hirsch, New York Times, 11 June 2024 Inspired by the burgeoning post-punk and new-wave movements emanating from the U.S., as well as the rich tapestry of traditional Mexican music, the two developed a musical fusion that would define their sound, and in Mexico City circa 1987, Caifanes was born. Holly Alvarado, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2024 Colder parts represent thicker cloud cover that blocks out more of the heat emanating from the planet’s extremely hot core. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 6 June 2024 Except these days, any droplets emanating from Washington’s face represent a different feeling. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for emanate 

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Word History


Latin emanatus, past participle of emanare, from e- + manare to flow

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of emanate was in 1756

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“Emanate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emanate. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


em·​a·​nate ˈem-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce emanate (audio)
emanated; emanating
: to come out from a source
a scent emanating from the flowers
: emit sense 1a, give out
seems to emanate confidence

Medical Definition


em·​a·​nate ˈem-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce emanate (audio)
emanated; emanating

intransitive verb

: to come out from a source

transitive verb

: to give out or emit

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