\ 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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That’s 78 billion tons above the maximum the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says can be emitted to have a better than 50 percent chance of stabilizing temperatures at 1.5°C of warming. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "We have too many fossil-fuel power plants to meet climate goals," 1 July 2019 The photon is in a superposition of being emitted in one of two consecutive time slots. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time," 19 June 2019 Microorganisms are basically determining how much greenhouse gases are emitted from these ecosystems, either as sources or as consumers of those gases. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Why tiny microbes may be a big factor in how climate change unfolds," 18 June 2019 And maybe for the first time that light isn’t being emitted by an oncoming train. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City ownership needs to get out of the way now that it has a strong front office leader," 9 June 2019 One is emitted away from the supersonic region while the other is absorbed. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Sonic black holes produce “Hawking radiation,” may confirm famous theory," 30 May 2019 Utility operators, which are among the industry’s largest customers, are increasingly opting to fire up plants with lower carbon-emitting sources of energy than coal. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Miners Cut Back in Largest U.S. Coal Region," 31 Dec. 2018 Researchers in Japan, however, have figured out how to command a canine's attention and even direct its movements from a remote vantage point, using a light-emitting vest. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a Remote-Control Dog with a Vest and Some Lights (and a Dog)," 5 Nov. 2018 Sulfur aerosols emitted by trans-Arctic shipping, which is newly feasible because of sea-ice disappearance, will offset local warming by -1º C by 2099. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 June 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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