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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 emits
  • The stack mixes hydrogen and oxygen in a process that produces electricity and emits water.
  • Solar energy emits no global-warming gases, and provides power midday, when demand and electric prices are high.
  • It is famous for the strong, unpleasant rotten smell it emits when in bloom, a rare event that only lasts for a few days.
  • The larger re-emits the absorbed energy as red light.
  • The dye absorbs incoming sunlight, and then re-emits it.
  • The more a country emits per capita, the more she should pay.
  • Even on a calm day, the sun emits a mighty solar wind, a stream of protons and heavy elements racing through space.
  • Explain that this diagram shows the process by which a whale emits sounds to locate objects, such as fish.
  • Water vapor emits a distinctive spectrum in infrared light.
  • The alleyway next door emits the bluish glow of television sets powered by portable generators.
British Dictionary definitions for emits


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 emits



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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