When you use the word emanate, you're usually talking about lights, sounds, or unseen forces coming out of a specific source. If you hear creepy sounds emanating from an old house, that might mean it's haunted.

Emanate derives from the Latin e- 'out' and manare to flow. If that last word looks a little like manure to you, you might be interested to know that they're not at all related. Thank goodness, too, because the idea of manure flowing out––or emanating––is not something to be discussed in polite company.

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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