Definition of radiate
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 raysb : to evolve by adaptive radiation
1 : to send out in or as if in rays
3 : to spread abroad or around as if from a center
Examples of radiate in a Sentence
The pain was radiating down my arm.
The sun radiates heat and light.
Heat radiates from the sun.
Recent Examples of radiate from the Web
Radiating outwards, the EMP fries electronics in southern Canada and almost all of the United States save Alaska and Hawaii, both safe below the horizon.
Riippa developed flu-like symptoms and a sharp pain that radiated up and down his leg.
The June sun radiates off the artificial-turf infield, where Anchorage Bucs infielder Will Floyd, fresh off his freshman season in junior college, takes swings in the batter's box.
If Jamaican reggae is known for radiating positive vibes, Hammond, a humble master of the soulful lovers' rock variety of the genre, deploys his smooth voice to celebrate love and emotion.
Gomez wears a Coach blush pink prairie dress and totes the brand's Swagger bag while radiating her classic Cool Girl vibe from the backseat (no neck pillows and headphones here).
During an earthquake, seismic waves radiate from the epicenter like waves on a pond.
All around town, shorts and tank tops, their hibernation in closets and drawers suddenly interrupted, made appearances on not-yet-beach-ready bodies—but even pallid patches of flesh radiated seductiveness after months in hiding.
But there was still a sense of loneliness radiating from her that echoed feelings of my own.
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Origin and Etymology of radiate
Latin radiatus, past participle of radiare, from radius ray
First Known Use: circa 1619See Words from the same year
First Known Use of radiate
RADIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of radiate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of radiate for Students
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.
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