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[ih-mit] /ɪˈmɪt/
verb (used with object), emitted, emitting.
to send forth (liquid, light, heat, sound, particles, etc.); discharge.
to give forth or release (a sound):
He emitted one shrill cry and then was silent.
to utter or voice, as opinions.
to issue, as an order or a decree.
to issue formally for circulation, as paper money.
Origin of emit
1620-30; < Latin ēmittere to send forth, equivalent to ē- e-1 + mittere to send
Related forms
reemit, verb (used with object), reemitted, reemitting.
self-emitted, adjective
unemitted, adjective
unemitting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emit
  • Brain cells emit electronic signals in a rhythmic, up-and-down pattern.
  • Both substances emit beta particles and gamma rays.
  • Discovering which countries emit which greenhouse gases is tricky .
  • Scientists discover stars similar to our sun that emit superflares that wipe out nearby planets.
  • Under the scheme, companies are given a pollution allowance, an amount of greenhouse gases they can emit without penalty.
  • Students emit a subtle but pervasive odor attracting other students sharing similar academic characteristics.
  • The regulations would limit, for the first time, the amount of carbon dioxide vehicles could emit.
  • Arctic permafrost is already thawing, creating lakes that emit methane.
  • Black holes emit radiation from their poles.
  • One can imagine the downcast eyes lifted up for a moment, and the flash of scorn which they emit.
British Dictionary definitions for emit


verb (transitive) emits, emitting, emitted
to give or send forth; discharge: the pipe emitted a stream of water
to give voice to; utter: she emitted a shrill scream
(physics) to give off (radiation or particles)
to put (currency) into circulation
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēmittere to send out, from mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for emit

1620s, from Latin emittere "send forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + mittere "to send" (see mission). Related: Emitted; emitting.

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Related Abbreviations for emit


enzyme-multiplied immunoassay technique
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