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EMIT (emitted, emitting)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does emit mean? 

EMIT (verb)
  The verb EMIT has 3 senses:

1. expel (gases or odors)
2. give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
3. express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

  Familiarity information: EMIT used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

EMIT (verb)

Sense 1emit [BACK TO TOP]


Expel (gases or odors)

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


emit; pass off; breathe

Hypernyms (to "emit" is one way to...):

discharge; eject; expel; release (eliminate (substances) from the body)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "emit"):

belch; bubble; burp; eruct (expel gas from the stomach)

force out (emit or cause to move with force of effort)

emanate; exhale; give forth (give out (breath or an odor))

radiate (send out real or metaphoric rays)

bubble (form, produce, or emit bubbles)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sense 2emit [BACK TO TOP]


Give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering


give out; emit; give off

Context example:

The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "emit"):

ray (emit as rays)

shoot (emit (as light, flame, or fumes) suddenly and forcefully)

reek (give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc.)

fume; smoke (emit a cloud of fine particles)

scintillate (give off)

radiate (send out rays or waves)

spark; sparkle (emit or produce sparks)

reflect; shine (be bright by reflecting or casting light)

effuse (give out or emit (also metaphorically))

steam (emit steam)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


absorb (suck or take up or in)

Sense 3emit [BACK TO TOP]


Express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


let out; let loose; utter; emit

Context examples:

She let out a big heavy sigh / He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "emit"):

meow; mew (cry like a cat)

quack (utter quacking noises)

hoot (utter the characteristic sound of owls)

cronk; honk (cry like a goose)

hiss; sibilate; siss; sizz (make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval)

sibilate (utter a sibilant)

chirr (make a vibrant noise, of grasshoppers or cicadas)

churr; whirr (make a vibrant sound, as of some birds)

cheep; chirp; chirrup; peep; twirp (make high-pitched sounds; of birds)

bellow; roar (make a loud noise, as of animal)

baa; blat; blate; bleat (cry plaintively)

bark (make barking sounds)

howl; wrawl; yammer; yowl (cry loudly, as of animals)

growl; grumble; rumble (to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds)

bray; hee-haw (braying characteristic of donkeys)

oink; squeal (utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs)

give (emit or utter)

smack (press (the lips) together and open (the lips) noisily, as in eating)

sing (to make melodious sounds)

croak; cronk (utter a hoarse sound, like a raven)

hem (utter 'hem' or 'ahem')

haw (utter 'haw')

mew (utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls)

caw (utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens)

gargle (utter with gargling or burbling sounds)

neigh; nicker; whicker; whinny (make a characteristic sound, of a horse)

gobble (make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys)

cackle (squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens)

low; moo (make a low noise, characteristic of bovines)

clack; click; cluck (make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens)

groan; moan; sough (indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure)

call (utter in a loud voice or announce)

cry (utter a characteristic sound)

gurgle (utter with a gurgling sound)

shoot (utter fast and forcefully)

call (utter a characteristic note or cry)

echo; repeat (to say again or imitate)

tsk; tut; tut-tut (utter 'tsk,' 'tut,' or 'tut-tut,' as in disapproval)

miaou; miaow (make a cat-like sound)

call; cry; holler; hollo; scream; shout; shout out; squall; yell (utter a sudden loud cry)

coo (cry softly, as of pigeons)

trumpet (utter in trumpet-like sounds)

crow (utter shrill sounds)

crow (express pleasure verbally)

gibber (chatter inarticulately; of monkeys)

nasale (speak in a nasal voice)

bite out (utter)

sigh (utter with a sigh)

spit; spit out (utter with anger or contempt)

snort (indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose)

wolf-whistle (whistle or howl approvingly at a female, of males)

grunt (issue a grunting, low, animal-like noise)

hoot (to utter a loud clamorous shout)

deliver (utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.))

splutter; sputter (utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage)

chorus (utter in unison)

troat (emit a cry intended to attract other animals; used especially of animals at rutting time)

lift (make audible)

pant (utter while panting, as if out of breath)

volley (utter rapidly)

break into (express or utter spontaneously)

heave (utter a sound, as with obvious effort)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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