\ 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 In recent years, courts have said that includes studying the planet-warming consequences of emitting more greenhouse gases. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "Trump’s Move Against Landmark Environmental Law Caps a Relentless Agenda," 9 Jan. 2020 The collisions emit visible light: greens mostly, with cameos from pink, violet, blue, yellow, and red. David Wolman, Outside Online, "The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness," 6 Jan. 2020 The red-nosed ungulates will emit a total of 40,668 metric tons of carbon dioxide along their journey. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Have Some Fun and Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Christmas," 19 Dec. 2019 Guterres noted that some 70 countries – many of them among the most vulnerable to climate change – have pledged to stop emitting more greenhouse gases by 2050. Aritz Parra And Frank Jordans, USA TODAY, "'The point of no return is no longer over the horizon': UN chief delivers dire climate change warning," 1 Dec. 2019 Gangetic dolphins emit clicks almost continuously to see and sense their surroundings, and this activity consumes energy. Shreya Dasgupta, Quartz India, "Noisy ships on India’s Ganga river are drowning the clicks of dolphins," 21 Nov. 2019 The eco-minded Flora emits almost no noise itself, due to energy-efficient engines that consume 15 percent less fuel than comparable ships. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring the Galapagos Islands on the First Ship Designed for the Region," 19 Nov. 2019 The boom threatens Latin American forests and Arctic ice caps alike, as cattle-rearing prompts land-clearing and emits greenhouse gases. The Economist, "The planet needs China to curb its appetite for meat," 17 Oct. 2019 The whirling ions emit radio photons, which prompt other ions, gyrating in concert, to spawn more photons, resulting in a coherent beam, like a natural laser. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "This telescope could ‘see’ inside alien worlds for the first time," 9 Oct. 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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16 Jan 2020

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“Emit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emitted. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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How to pronounce emit (audio)

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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