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

Definition of emanate

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

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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 From vibrant reds to royal blues and emerald greens, these colors are signature tones of Rossy’s aesthetic and emanate her personality. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Most of Zimbabwe’s inflationary pressures emanate from its currency troubles. Lesley Wroughton, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 Rexburg and the small towns around it emanate outward from BYU and the temple like a stone dropped in still water, where everything is a ripple of the faith. Leah Sottile, Rolling Stone, 16 June 2022 The glow from this particular milky sea spanned 38,000 square miles and appeared to the crew members to emanate from about 32 feet below the surface, reports The Guardian. Sam Zlotnik, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 July 2022 Thursday night certainly didn’t emanate from most sportsbooks trading rooms. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 19 June 2022 The plan drew significant opposition from neighbors, who objected to the bright light that would emanate from the tower at night and to the increased traffic and noise from delivery trucks. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 29 May 2022 Crowd noise can overwhelm the low-fidelity sounds that emanate from the stadium speakers. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 The goal of leadership is to inspire relevant conversations, even when those conversations do not emanate from us. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of emanate

1756, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for emanate

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

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“Emanate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emanate. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for emanate


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

Kids Definition of emanate

1 : to come out from a source Heat emanated from the fire.
2 : to give off or out The teacher's face emanated kindness.


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

Medical Definition of emanate

intransitive verb

: to come out from a source

transitive verb

: to give out or emit

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