emitted; emitting

transitive verb

1
a
: to throw or give off or out
emit light/heat
b
: to send out : eject
2
a
: 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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Broccoli is one of several produce items that are sensitive to ethylene gas, which is naturally emitted by some fruits and vegetables (including apples, avocados, pears, and peppers), and speeds up the ripening process of any sensitive produce picks in their vicinity. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 July 2024 Left on fields, both types of fertilizer emit nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas with some 300 times the climate impact of carbon dioxide. Leigh Phillips, The Atlantic, 9 July 2024 The Environmental Protection Agency found certain 2012-2018 model year GM vehicles were emitting more than 10% higher carbon dioxide on average than first claimed in the company's compliance reports, the EPA stated. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 3 July 2024 After efforts spearheaded by associations of the blind and visually impaired, legislation eventually began to require electric vehicles to emit an artificial engine noise from hidden external speakers. Christophe Haubursin, Vox, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for emit 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of emit was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Emit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emit. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

emit

verb
emitted; emitting
1
a
: to throw or give off or out
emit light
b
: to send out : eject
2
: utter entry 2 sense 1
emit a groan
Etymology

from Latin emittere "to send out," from e-, ex- "out, forth" and mittere "to send, throw" — related to dismiss, message, missile, transmit

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