- To emit is defined as to discharge, or to produce and let off, something such as an odor or a sound.
Rotting, stinky garbage is an example of something that emits an odor.
A factory emits smoke.
transitive verbemitted, emitting
- to send out; give forth; discharge: geysers emit water
- to utter (words or sounds)
- to transmit (a signal) as by radio waves
- to give off (electrons) under the influence of heat, radiation, etc.
- to issue (paper money or the like); put into circulation
Origin of emitClassical Latin emittere ; from e-, out (see ex-) + mittere, to send: see mission
transitive verbe·mit·ted, e·mit·ting, e·mits
- To give or send out (matter or energy): isotopes that emit radioactive particles; a stove emitting heat.
- a. To give out as sound; utter: “She emitted her small strange laugh” (Edith Wharton).b. To voice; express: emit an idea.
- To issue with authority, especially to put (currency) into circulation.
Origin of emitLatin ēmittere, to send out : ē-, ex-, ex- + mittere, to send.
(third-person singular simple present emits, present participle emitting, simple past and past participle emitted)
- To send out or give off.
From Latin emitto.