\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And last week, Apple began updating AirTag software to make the devices’ speakers emit a louder chime when lost or triggered in an alert for an unknown AirTag. Dalvin Brown, WSJ, 6 May 2022 By comparison, Supreme Court justices appear for oral arguments, ask questions (well, sometimes) and emit opinions later. Matt Pearcestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Once removed by a thief, who often uses a portable rotary saw to cut through the exhaust plumbing, a car will often still run (usually poorly with numerous engine lights and warnings activated) but will emit a loud, telltale exhaust roar. Bill Roberson, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Scrolling at night can interfere with your sleep cycle due to the blue light these screens emit, Valdez says. Emilia Benton, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 Choose eco-paints and wallpapers for your walls Eco-friendly paints have lower levels of VOCs and emit fewer toxins, which reduces indoor air pollution. Miriam Porter, House Beautiful, 22 Apr. 2022 An essential oil diffuser can also help if loaded with pine or evergreen scents, since much of the benefit of forest bathing comes from breathing in the organic compounds trees emit, McEwan said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 Apples and bananas emit this gas as well, so when hard avocados are paired with an apple or banana inside a paper bag, the ethylene becomes more concentrated, therefore yielding ripe avocados faster Don't have fruit? Amy Mitchell, Country Living, 20 Apr. 2022 Traditional blast furnaces emit huge amounts of CO2. Time, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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\ 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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