To effuse is to emit or give off. You know it's truly spring when the cherry trees in your neighborhood start to effuse a wonderfully sweet, floral scent.

When something effuses, it seeps out in a way you can sense. Light effuses through the curtains in the morning, and the smell of waffles effuses from the kitchen on Saturday mornings. You can also describe a quality that emanates from someone using this verb: "My teacher effuses calmness and kindness, which is why everyone loves him." Effuse has a Latin root, effusus, "poured out."

Definitions of effuse
  1. verb
    pour out
    effused brine”
    synonyms: pour out
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    type of:
    cause to run
  2. verb
    flow or spill forth
    synonyms: flow out
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    type of:
    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
  3. verb
    give out or emit (also metaphorically)
    “The room effuses happiness”
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    type of:
    emit, give off, give out
    give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
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