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

branch, fan (out), ray

Antonyms: Verb

concentrate, converge, focus, funnel, meet

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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

The Darren chapters concentrate the narrative arc and build to a climactic revelation, but everything else in the book works against that, connecting and radiating like a kaleidoscope or crystal (or poem). Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 And the show radiates an expansive, warmly accepting approach to both. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Victor/Victoria’ gets a stylish staging at Moonlight, but musical’s story is stretched a little thin," 12 Sep. 2019 Fauntleroy radiates the requisite fire even if the character’s prideful stature isn’t thoroughly embodied. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "The Folger turns one of Shakespeare’s histories into a problem play," 10 Sep. 2019 What Kovgan's utterly transporting film does, through a thoughtful and dynamic combination of curated material and new performances, is radiate the rapturous power of dance. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cunningham': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 Their love radiates forever in the hearts of family, friends, and co-workers. courant.com, "Carolyn A. Nta," 2 Sep. 2019 Warm yellows and oranges radiate from the deeply pigmented walls as scatterings of light illuminate the pale spires. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Bryce Canyon National Park," 19 Aug. 2019 The results are dissonant but radiate gravitas — fitting for a sometimes absurdist show centering on the dysfunctional family of an aging media mogul. Sonia Rao, Houston Chronicle, "‘Succession’ composer makes music secondary character for series," 12 Aug. 2019 The property at 620 Waterview Isle radiates great curb appeal with a spacious curved driveway and an east-facing lagoon location with sunny mornings and sheltered afternoon sunshine. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: A beautifully constructed single-level custom home on the best side of the lagoon," 5 Aug. 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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radiate

verb

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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