Definition of emit in English:


Syllabification: e·mit
Pronunciation: /iˈmit

verb (emits, emitting, emitted)

[with object]
  • 1Produce and discharge (something, especially gas or radiation): coal-fired power stations continue to emit large quantities of sulfur dioxide
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    • In this model the gamma rays are emitted as synchrotron radiation by electrons that are accelerated to much lower energies.
    • At a synchrotron radiation source, electrons emit radiation as they are guided by magnets around a storage ring.
    • The intensity of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by a source varies as a function of both frequency and direction.
    discharge, release, give out/off, pour out, send forth, throw out, void, vent, issue; leak, ooze, excrete, disgorge, secrete, eject, ejaculate; spout, belch, spew out; emanate, radiate, exude
  • 1.1Make (a sound): she emitted a sound like laughter
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    • Pooh briefly emitted a noise that sounded vaguely like some kind of curse.
    • The headphones emit a sound that cancels out airplane noise.
    • Poppy was huddled in a rabbit hutch, both her ears held flat to her head, making meowing actions but emitting no sound.
    utter, voice, let out, produce, give vent to, come out with, vocalize
  • 1.2Issue formally and with authority; put into circulation, especially currency.


early 17th century: from Latin emittere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out of' + mittere 'send'.

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