\ē-ˈmit \
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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One intriguing possibility suggests that phytoncides, organic compounds with antibacterial properties emitted by trees, may be the cause. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Massive new study review confirms nature nurtures your health," 12 July 2018 But that’s not making much of a dent: The world’s energy industry emits 32 billion tons. The Christian Science Monitor, "A new unity on solutions for climate change," 24 May 2018 Some 1,800 residents near the volcano's crater have been displaced, and 21 fissures have opened, emitting sulfur dioxide and, in some cases, lava. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Erupts with Ash, Puts Airlines on 'Red Alert'," 17 May 2018 In 2005, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. emitted 6,131 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Charles C. Mann, The Hive, "The Fallacy (and Idiocy) of Trump’s Climate Agenda," 1 June 2017 The bursts, as astronomers are referring to them, emit the same amount of energy in a few milliseconds as the sun does in an entire day. Alyssa Fiorentino, Woman's Day, "For The First Time Ever, Astronomers Pick Up Live 'Alien' Signal," 27 Jan. 2015 In 2010, Chicago emitted the fewest emissions per capita; Will County produced the most emissions per capita; and suburban Cook County produced the most emissions overall, according to the document. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "CMAP plan draws variety of comments," 14 July 2018 The nuclear measure would reward reactors run by Exelon Corp. and Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. for generating electricity without emitting greenhouse gases. Elise Young, Jim Polson, Jim Efstathiou Jr., Philly.com, "Jersey lawmakers revive plan to build wind farm off Atlantic City coast," 13 Apr. 2018 Like many bioluminescent animals their light is created by a reaction between the light-emitting molecule luciferin and the enzyme luciferase. National Geographic, "Living Fireworks, These Animals Produce Light Shows with Their Bodies," 30 June 2018

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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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The first known use of emit was in 1598

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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 \
emitted; emitting

Kids Definition of emit

: to send out from a source emit light

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