Definition of emanate in English:


Line breaks: em¦an|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈɛməneɪt


[no object] (emanate from)
  • 1(Of a feeling, quality, or sensation) 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.
    emerge, flow, pour, proceed, issue, ensue, come out, come forth, spread out, come; be uttered, be emitted, be transmitted; arise, originate, stem, derive, spring, start
  • 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.
  • 1.2 [with object] Give out or emit (a feeling, quality, or sensation): 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, give off, give out, send out, send forth, pour out, throw out, spread, discharge, disgorge, emit, exhale, radiate
    literary distil


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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