emit

To emit means to give off or let out, and it usually has a lot to do with gases, smells and noises. All of which could be potentially embarrassing, depending on where they're coming from.

Lots of things can be emitted: body heat from your hands, high-pitched sound waves from a dog whistle, nasty odors from your mouth after a garlic-heavy lunch. Coming from the Latin emitter, it simply means to “send forth.” Since climate change is such a hot topic, you've probably heard people talking about how much CO₂ cars emit or how many greenhouse gases factories emit into the air.

Definitions of emit
  1. verb
    give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
    “The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits
    synonyms: give off, give out
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    absorb, take in
    suck or take up or in
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    effuse
    give out or emit (also metaphorically)
    reflect, shine
    be bright by reflecting or casting light
    spark, sparkle
    emit or produce sparks
    radiate
    send out rays or waves
    scintillate
    give off
    fume, smoke
    emit a cloud of fine particles
    reek
    give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc.
    shoot
    emit (as light, flame, or fumes) suddenly and forcefully
    ray
    emit as rays
    steam
    emit steam
    resplend
    be resplendent or radiant; to shine brightly
    glare
    be sharply reflected
    opalesce
    reflect light or colors like an opal
    luminesce
    be or become luminescent; exhibit luminescence
    coruscate, scintillate, sparkle
    reflect brightly
  2. verb
    expel (gases or odors)
    synonyms: breathe, pass off
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    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
    effervesce, fizz, foam, form bubbles, froth, sparkle
    become bubbly or frothy or foaming
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    discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
    eliminate (a substance)
  3. verb
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
    synonyms: let loose, let out, utter
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    call
    utter in a loud voice or announce
    gibber
    chatter inarticulately; of monkeys
    crow
    express pleasure verbally
    crow
    utter shrill sounds
    trumpet
    utter in trumpet-like sounds
    coo
    cry softly, as of pigeons
    call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
    utter a sudden loud cry
    miaou, miaow
    make a cat-like sound
    tsk, tut, tut-tut
    utter `tsk,' `tut,' or `tut-tut,' as in disapproval
    echo, repeat
    to say again or imitate
    call
    utter a characteristic note or cry
    shoot
    utter fast and forcefully
    gurgle
    utter with a gurgling sound
    cry
    utter a characteristic sound
    nasale
    speak in a nasal voice
    bite out
    utter
    sigh
    utter with a sigh
    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
    chorus
    utter in unison
    splutter, sputter
    utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
    deliver
    utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.)
    hoot
    to utter a loud clamorous shout
    grunt
    issue a grunting, low, animal-like noise
    wolf-whistle
    whistle or howl approvingly at a female, of males
    snort
    indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose
    spit, spit out
    utter with anger or contempt
    groan, moan
    indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure
    growl, grumble, rumble
    utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
    howl, wrawl, yammer, yowl
    cry loudly, as of animals
    bark
    make barking sounds
    baa, blat, blate, bleat
    cry plaintively
    bellow, roar
    make a loud noise, as of an animal
    cheep, chirp, chirrup, peep
    make high-pitched sounds
    churr, whirr
    make a vibrant sound, as of some birds
    chirr
    make a vibrant noise, of grasshoppers or cicadas
    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
    bray, hee-haw
    make a sound characteristic of donkeys
    oink, squeal
    utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs
    clack, click, cluck
    make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
    low, moo
    make a low noise, characteristic of bovines
    cackle
    squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
    gobble
    make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys
    neigh, nicker, whicker, whinny
    make a characteristic sound, of a horse
    gargle
    utter with gargling or burbling sounds
    caw
    utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens
    mew
    utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls
    haw
    utter `haw'
    hem
    utter `hem' or `ahem'
    croak, cronk
    utter a hoarse sound, like a raven
    sing
    to make melodious sounds
    smack
    press (the lips) together and open (the lips) noisily, as in eating
    give
    emit or utter
    hollo
    cry hollo
    hurrah
    shout `hurrah!'
    halloo
    shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention
    whoop
    shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm
    pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
    utter a shrill cry
    recite
    repeat aloud from memory
    cuckoo
    repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call
    reecho
    repeat back like an echo
    parrot
    repeat mindlessly
    regurgitate, reproduce
    repeat after memorization
    pant-hoot
    communicate by hooting and panting, as of primates
    grunt-hoot
    communicate by hooting and grunting, as of primates
    howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
    emit long loud cries
    bay, quest
    bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
    yap, yelp, yip
    bark in a high-pitched tone
    screak, screech, skreak, skreigh, squawk
    utter a harsh abrupt scream
    chitter, twitter
    make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
    assibilate
    insert a sibilant sound before or after (another sound)
    gaggle
    make a noise characteristic of a goose
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