\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Natural fibers that are easy to clean, like wool, are a great choice for rugs that won't emit dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "These 5 Easy Upgrades Will Make Your Kids' Rooms Even Safer," 1 July 2020 And avoid systems that emit ozone, which can have its own negative respiratory effects. oregonlive, "We tried 5 air purifiers. These are the ones we would buy again," 30 Sep. 2020 Arlia said the Hartford HealthCare staff initially thought the pandemic would require widespread use of nebulizers, which emit a medicated mist that patients can breathe into their lungs. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Connecticut doctors are rapidly changing tactics in their battle against COVID-19. But are they saving more lives?," 1 Oct. 2020 When needed, like at dusk or on a cloudy day, projectors emit a subtle light onto mirrors that are precisely cut to reflect the soft light onto each collection of Rothko’s panels. Emma Balter, Condé Nast Traveler, "Houston’s Rothko Chapel Reopens After Months of Renovations," 24 Sep. 2020 Daimler AG's pollution practices also are under investigation in Germany, where civil lawsuits claim the vehicles emit more pollutants than advertised. CBS News, "Mercedes-Benz fined $1.5 billion for emissions cheating," 15 Sep. 2020 Natural gas operations also emit methane, a greenhouse gas dozens of times more potent than carbon dioxide. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump bets that all environmental politics is local," 8 Sep. 2020 Hospitals have been using robots that emit UV-C light for years to disinfect patient rooms, operating rooms and other areas where bacterial infection can spread. Karl Linden, The Conversation, "Ultraviolet light can make indoor spaces safer during the pandemic – if it’s used the right way," 9 Sep. 2020 And multiple particles subject to the same gravitational lurch will emit in unison. George Musser, Science | AAAS, "One of quantum physics’ greatest paradoxes may have lost its leading explanation," 7 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Emit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emit. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce emit (audio)

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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