Definition of emanate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeməˌnāt/


[no object] (emanate from)
1(Of something abstract but perceptible) issue or spread out from (a source): warmth emanated from the fireplace she felt an undeniable charm emanating from him
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  • You use very distinct and textured musical scores that seem to emanate from the actual source.
  • The advantage of this approach is that the entire wave field emanating from a seismic source can be considered.
  • A portrait bust of George Gershwin is shown on a pedestal, and dance music emanates from an unseen source.
originate, stem, derive, proceed, spring, issue, emerge, flow, come
1.1Originate from; be produced by: the proposals emanated from a committee
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  • The concept of world-woman or world spirit emanates from a humble origin - the roots of African American culture that value community and interpersonal relations as measures of success.
  • What if I said they all happened to have originally emanated from the Land Down Under?
  • We are aware that the earth and the moon emanated from their original star, the sun.
issue, spread, radiate, be sent forth/out
1.2 [with object] Give out or emit (something abstract but perceptible): he emanated a powerful brooding air
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  • Gord Downie is one of the few songwriters whose lyrics still emanate the qualities of poetry and Downie's literary allusions are many.
  • After a while, she stood up and walked toward the woman, her face emanating an intense feeling of sorrow yet of anger as well.
  • From these and Harms's other works, there emanates a feeling of exuberance, self-deprecating humor and cheerful absurdity.
exude, emit, radiate, give off/out, send out/forth



Pronunciation: /-ˌnātiv/
Example sentences
  • So intellect in its similitude to divine creation possesses an emanative activity.
  • Karma is an emanative force created by the motives of beings that regulates their death and rebirth.
  • What is sought is not so much the perfection of the body but rather a somehow mystical, concentrated and emanative force which shapes the mind and body.


Pronunciation: /-ˌnātər/
Example sentences
  • I then proceeded to play a game with the emanator of that horrible sound.
  • The Hindus believe and worship the all-powerful and infinite God, who is the ‘creator’ (emanator), sustainer and destroyer of, everything in this universe, including evil, hence truly omnipotent.
  • Liquid emanators may be considered as the most recent stage in the evolution of anti-mosquito vaporising products.


Mid 18th century: from Latin emanat- 'flowed out', from the verb emanare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + manare 'to flow'.

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Syllabification: em·a·nate

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