radiate

verb
ra·​di·​ate | \ ˈrā-dē-ˌāt How to pronounce radiate (audio) \
radiated; radiating

Definition of radiate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to proceed in a direct line from or toward a center
2 : to send out rays : shine brightly
3a : to issue in or as if in rays
b : to evolve by adaptive radiation

transitive verb

1 : to send out in or as if in rays
3 : to spread abroad or around as if from a center

radiate

adjective
ra·​di·​ate | \ ˈrā-dē-ət How to pronounce radiate (audio) , -ˌāt \

Definition of radiate (Entry 2 of 2)

: having rays or radial parts: such as
a : having ray flowers
b : characterized by radial symmetry : radially symmetrical

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Other Words from radiate

Adjective

radiately adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for radiate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of radiate in a Sentence

Verb The pain was radiating down my arm. The sun radiates heat and light. Heat radiates from the sun.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, the study did not address why the streaks radiate out from the nest in all directions with no noticeable preference. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The explosive physics of pooping penguins: they can shoot poo over four feet," 4 July 2020 The needles are arranged on top of an embellished silver cross and radiate out toward the edge of the clean, white frame. Danielle Duclos, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It’s not somewhere else. It’s everywhere’: Anchorage businessowner turns needles littering his property into art piece about drug use," 6 July 2020 Its protections will radiate outward for generations. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Three People at the Center of the Landmark Supreme Court Decision," 16 June 2020 The vast areas of the city that are paved over with concrete and asphalt soak up the heat from the sun and then radiate it at night, pushing the city's nighttime and early morning temperatures higher than surrounding rural areas. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "More people are dying from heat in Maricopa County, data shows," 11 June 2020 And her stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray seems to be translating Florence’s talent with a style that radiates her self-confidence. Sara Radin, refinery29.com, "Florence Pugh In Sequins & Tiny Sunglasses Is Our 2020 Mood," 17 Jan. 2020 Michigan's top pass rusher has always radiated confidence. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Josh Uche on NFL draft decision: 'I felt like it was time'," 25 Dec. 2019 Jacket off, arms loose, Northam was relaxed and radiated confidence. Washington Post, "Relaxed and reflective, Gov. Ralph Northam reflects on scandal-charged year," 18 Dec. 2019 In addition to radiating body confidence at any size, the singer also works her butt off in the gym. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Rihanna Shows Off Her Incredible Abs and Legs in Black Bikini Video on Instagram," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of radiate

Verb

circa 1619, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for radiate

Verb

Latin radiatus, past participle of radiare, from radius ray

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The first known use of radiate was circa 1619

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21 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Radiate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiate. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for radiate

radiate

verb
How to pronounce radiate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of radiate

: to go out in a direct line from a central point or area
: to move in a specified direction from a source
: to send out (something, such as heat or energy) in rays

radiate

verb
ra·​di·​ate | \ ˈrā-dē-ˌāt How to pronounce radiate (audio) \
radiated; radiating

Kids Definition of radiate

1 : to send out rays : shine The sun was radiating in the sky.
2 : to come forth in the form of rays Light radiates from shining bodies.
3 : to go out in a direct line from a center Spokes radiate from the center of the wheel.
4 : to spread around from or as if from a center Word radiated that Royce McNabb had sent Ina-Rae Gage a valentine.— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
5 : to show very clearly She radiates confidence.

radiate

verb
ra·​di·​ate | \ ˈrād-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce radiate (audio) \
radiated; radiating

Medical Definition of radiate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to issue in or as if in rays : spread from a central point back pain radiating to both upper legs— Tony Miksanek

radiate

adjective
ra·​di·​ate | \ ˈrād-ē-ət, -ē-ˌāt How to pronounce radiate (audio) \

Medical Definition of radiate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having rays or radial parts
2 : characterized by radial symmetry : radially symmetrical

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