radiate

When something radiates, it sends out waves or rays. The sun radiates light and warmth.

If your house has a radiator, that might help you remember this word, because the radiator radiates warmth. Radiating is a concept that applies to anything that emits rays or waves. People camping make a fire so it can radiate light and heat. Our bodies radiate some heat, but not nearly as much as something as hot as a stove. If a nuclear reactor is damaged, it could radiate dangerous nuclear energy — or radiation.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: radiate

1
vadj
send out rays or waves
arranged like rays or radii; radiating from a common center
2
v
have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
3
v
spread into new habitats and produce variety or variegate
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: radiate
1

v send out rays or waves

“The sun radiates heat”
Type of:
emit, give off, give out
give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.

v send out real or metaphoric rays

“She radiates happiness”
Type of:
breathe, emit, pass off
expel (gases or odors)

v cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays

“The sun is radiating
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blink, flash, twinkle, wink, winkle
gleam or glow intermittently
gleam, glimmer
shine brightly, like a star or a light
glow
emit a steady even light without flames
flick, flicker
flash intermittently
fluoresce
exhibit or undergo fluorescence
flush
glow or cause to glow with warm color or light
Type of:
cause to be perceived
have perceptible qualities

v issue or emerge in rays or waves

“Heat radiated from the metal box”
Type of:
come forth, come out, egress, emerge, go forth, issue
come out of

v extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center

“spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel”
“This plants radiate spines in all directions”
Synonyms:
ray
Type of:
extend, go, lead, pass, run
stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point

adj arranged like rays or radii; radiating from a common center

Synonyms:
radial, stellate
symmetric, symmetrical
having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts

adj having rays or ray-like parts as in the flower heads of daisies

Synonyms
compound
composed of more than one part
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v have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

Synonyms:
beam, glow, shine
Type of:
appear, look, seem
give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

v experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

“Her face radiated with happiness”
Synonyms:
beam, glow, shine
Type of:
experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
3

v spread into new habitats and produce variety or variegate

Synonyms:
diversify
Type of:
alter, change, vary
become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
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