Emanate means to give off, like the sound of laughter that emanates from your sister's room during her slumber party. If spooky sounds emanate from the closet, don’t open the door!

The word emanate comes from the Latin emanare, which means “to flow out.” Things that emanate come from somewhere. Heat emanates from a fire, and smoke emanates from a chimney. This word can also be used figuratively: for example, you might say that your upbeat and optimistic best friend emanates positivity.

Definitions of emanate

v give out (breath or an odor)

exhale, give forth
Type of:
breathe, emit, pass off
expel (gases or odors)

v proceed or issue forth, as from a source

“Water emanates from this hole in the ground”
effuse, flow out
flow or spill forth
Type of:
come, come up
move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody

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