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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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  • Mr. Whedell raised his eyebrows, and emitted a doleful whistle.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • Occasionally he emitted a long-drawn groan and then again became silent.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The sparks it emitted could have been flashing against her flesh, but Karara displayed no awareness of that.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • Then he mounted the cabin, and emitted a sailorly yell to the crew.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • His big eyes rolled, and at intervals he emitted a roar as he struck an exotic gong with a hammer.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • She took the girl's hand and emitted indefinite, admonitory sounds.

    Georgina's Reasons Henry James
  • Mr. Gilfeather emitted a growl and looked almost as dejected as his bay trees.

    Concerning Sally William John Hopkins
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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enzyme-multiplied immunoassay technique
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