- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Classical Latin emittere ; from e-, out (see ex-) plush mittere, to send: see mission
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transitive verb e·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 opinion.
- To issue with authority, especially to put (currency) into circulation.
Origin: Latin ēmittere, to send out : ē-, ex-, ex- + mittere, to send.
- e·mitˈter noun