\ ē-ˈmit How to pronounce emit (audio) \
emitted; emitting

Definition of emit

transitive verb

1a : to throw or give off or out emit light/heat
b : to send out : eject
2a : to issue with authority especially : to put (something, such as money) into circulation
b obsolete : publish
3 : to give utterance or voice to emitted a groan

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Other Words from emit

emitter noun

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.
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In a hallway off a set of operating rooms at University Hospital, a cart saddled with tubes and bags emitted a rhythmic whirring noise. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s University Hospital part of study to improve transplants," 3 Sep. 2019 Every ping your phone emits is another distraction, one that can take several minutes to recover from. David Nield, Wired, "How to Save Yourself From Notification Overload," 2 Sep. 2019 By contrast each ton of cement produced emits half a ton of carbon dioxide, according to the European Cement Association. Kevin Orland, BostonGlobe.com, "Builders are swapping cement for hemp to reduce pollution," 30 Aug. 2019 Fires in the Amazon not only mean the carbon-absorbing forest is disappearing, but the flames themselves are emitting millions of tons of carbon every day. Anna Jean Kaiser, chicagotribune.com, "Is the Amazon really ‘the lungs’ of planet Earth? No, it’s more like our sink.," 27 Aug. 2019 A month later, another study showed that the planet was emitting a deep red light as hot hydrogen atoms fell down onto it, which suggested that the world is still beefing up. Quanta Magazine, "A Close Look at Newborn Planets Reveals Hints of Infant Moons," 27 Aug. 2019 The Juul device is about the size of a USB drive and emits a vapor that is less noticeable than cigarette smoke. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio mom sues Juul after teen daughters become addicted to e-cigarettes. Juuling led to mood swings and migraines, suit says.," 26 Aug. 2019 Shine that high-energy X-ray beam onto a fragile papyrus and the photons excite the atoms, emitting echoing X-rays in response. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists discover hidden text in what was thought to be blank Egyptian papyri," 22 Aug. 2019 That's the news emitting from RCM (via AS), who also state that the German boss has asked his club to keep tabs on AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma, although the Costa Rican remains his main target. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Ivan Rakitic Juventus Swap, Spurs Duo Nearing Exit, Lemina to Monaco & More," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of emit

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for emit

Latin emittere to send out, from e- + mittere to send

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English Language Learners Definition of emit

: to send (light, energy, etc.) out from a source
: to make (a certain sound)


\ ē-ˈmit How to pronounce emit (audio) \
emitted; emitting

Kids Definition of emit

: to send out from a source emit light

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