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[em-uh-neyt] /ˈɛm əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), emanated, emanating.
to flow out, issue, or proceed, as from a source or origin; come forth; originate.
Synonyms: arise, spring, flow.
verb (used with object), emanated, emanating.
to send forth; emit.
Origin of emanate
1780-90; < Latin ēmānātus having flowed out (past participle of ēmānāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + mān- flow + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
emanative, adjective
emanator, noun
[em-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɛm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonemanating, adjective
reemanate, verb (used without object), reemanated, reemanating.
unemanative, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See emerge. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emanate
  • Morse code and sonar pings emanate from the radar room.
  • Isn't it amazing, the non stop stream of lies that emanate from the lips of warming denialists.
  • Screeches emanate from the rides in a rickety amusement park.
  • Greenhouse gases emanate from sources all over the world.
  • The specific vocal demands of the title role emanate from the character.
  • Most people assume that fine operatic voices emanate from the throat and a wondrous pair of vocal cords.
  • Memories of the rivalry often emanate from summer games in Boston.
  • The suppression extends over the unconscious ideation, because the liberation of pain might emanate from the ideation.
  • Popping out of the otherwise flat relief, he holds a staff in each hand, and rays of the sun emanate from his head.
  • Mostly this feels much the same as the phantom limbs of amputees-an illusion, from which sensations sometimes emanate.
British Dictionary definitions for emanate


(intransitive) often foll by from. to issue or proceed from or as from a source
(transitive) to send forth; emit
Derived Forms
emanative (ˈɛmənətɪv) adjective
emanator, noun
emanatory (ˈɛməˌneɪtərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin ēmānāre to flow out, from mānāre to flow
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Word Origin and History for emanate

1680s, from Latin emanatus, past participle of emanare (see emanation). Related: Emanated; emanating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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