emit

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verb \ē-ˈmit\

Definition of emit

emitted

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emitting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to throw or give off or out emit light/heatb :  to send out :  eject

  3. 2a :  to issue with authority; especially :  to put (something, such as money) into circulationb obsolete :  publish

  4. 3 :  to give utterance or voice to emitted a groan

emitter

noun

Examples of emit in a Sentence

  1. The telescope can detect light emitted by distant galaxies.

  2. chimneys emitting thick, black smoke

  3. The brakes emitted a loud squeal.

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Origin and Etymology of emit

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


First Known Use: 1598


EMIT Defined for English Language Learners

emit

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verb

Definition of emit for English Language Learners

  • : to send (light, energy, etc.) out from a source

  • : to make (a certain sound)


EMIT Defined for Kids

emit

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verb \ē-ˈmit\

Definition of emit for Students

emitted

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emitting

  1. :  to send out from a source emit light

Word Root of emit

The Latin word mittere, meaning “to send,” and its form missus give us the roots mit and miss. Words from the Latin mittere have something to do with sending. A missile is an object, such as a bullet, arrow, or rocket, that is sent through the air so as to hit a target. To emit is to send forth or give out. To omit, or leave out, is to send away so as to not be included. To permit, or allow, is to send something through without stopping it.



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