\ 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 People don’t emit an equal amount of aerosols during every activity: Singing emits more than talking, which emits more than breathing. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "We Need to Talk About Ventilation," 30 July 2020 The individual pixels light up and emit, working in conjunction with one another to create the image. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Sony’s A8H OLED TV has a great picture, but comes with a high cost," 1 July 2020 The wide-ranging plan proposes Congress mandate that every car sold by 2035 doesn’t emit carbon, overhaul the electricity grid by 2040 and limit fossil-fuel production on public lands, among other measures. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Democratic Plan Targets Carbon-Neutral Economy by 2050," 30 June 2020 Even small-scale plants emit pollutants that include mercury, lead, and harmful particulates. Jane Braxton Little, Wired, "The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy," 27 June 2020 The work also found that people emit high amounts of viral RNA during the early days of infection. Lois Parshley, National Geographic, "How long does the coronavirus last inside the body?," 3 June 2020 However, cellphones emit much lower electromagnetic frequencies than microwaves, according to the American Cancer Society. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: A magnetic shield will not protect cellphone users from EMF radiation," 13 July 2020 According to Rhodium’s research, the U.S. economy will emit as much as 8 tons more carbon dioxide per million dollars of GDP by 2030, compared to pre-pandemic levels. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Pandemic’s deep carbon reductions have come with a huge price tag," 9 July 2020 When singing, people can emit many large and small respiratory particles. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "How Do You Catch Covid-19? It’s Becoming More Clear," 6 July 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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5 Aug 2020

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“Emit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emit. Accessed 11 Aug. 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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