emit

verb
\ 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 Deposits of rare earths, concentrated in China, often contain radioactive substances that can emit radioactive water and dust. Coral Davenport, New York Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Studies show hydrogen can emit nitrogen oxides in addition to water when burned. WSJ, 22 May 2021 Massive stars go through stellar evolution and becomes neutron stars, some of which can be strongly magnetized, leading to flares and magnetic processes on their surfaces, which can emit radio light. Mike Wehner, BGR, 21 May 2021 Massive stars go through stellar evolution and become neutron stars, some of which can be strongly magnetized, leading to flares and magnetic processes on their surfaces, which can emit radio light. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 May 2021 Methane leaks can also emit other health-damaging pollutants such as benzene. Tony Barboza Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 There’s also something to be said about white noise machines that can emit white noise, as well as other soothing sounds. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, 15 Mar. 2021 Light output is measured in lumens, a metric that explains the capacity of total light a lamp can emit. Outdoor Life, 10 Mar. 2021 An accompanying smartphone app can emit sounds including footsteps, breathing and the sound of clothes rubbing against skin. Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 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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11 Sep 2021

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“Emit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emit. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for emit

emit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of emit

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

emit

verb
\ 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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