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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 emitted
  • Mouse pheromones are chemicals emitted in the urine.
  • It is designed to detect the low-frequency radio pulses emitted by lightning strikes.
  • They also found some points in the distant skies that emitted both visible light and radio frequencies.
  • The group is continuing to study the sounds, including when they are emitted.
  • The terrific noise it emitted was an explosion which made it erupt several fragments of volcanic materials.
  • Normally radiation emitted by the star would churn the elements in the star's atmosphere.
  • The water emitted from hydrogen burning will have uses in leaching heavy metals from other contaminated site clean ups.
  • Light is emitted from the polymer when an electric field is applied across the electrodes.
  • The nebula's unique shape comes from gas and dust emitted in cone-shaped bursts from the dying star at its center.
  • Another sign that liquid water is present is the chemistry of the materials being emitted by the plumes.
British Dictionary definitions for emitted


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 emitted



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 emitted


enzyme-multiplied immunoassay technique
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