To exude is to give off small amounts, usually of liquids or gases, through small openings, such as pores. Think of how you exude sweat after a workout.

The word exude is often used to describe sweating — the original Latin root, sudāre means "to sweat." Still, we frequently use the word exude to refer to anything that seems to ooze or pour forth from an object or person. John F. Kennedy was said to exude confidence, while his wife, Jackie, exuded class. But the verb can also have a negative sense, as when we say a skunk exudes a foul smell.

Definitions of exude

v release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities

exude sweat through the pores”
exudate, ooze, ooze out, transude
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distil, distill
give off (a liquid)
fume, reek
be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face
give off (water) through the skin
geology: cause molten material, such as lava, to pour forth
exude profusely
exude or form gum
release, secrete
generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
exude or expel foam
secrete or form water, as tears or saliva
exude sweat or lather
Type of:
egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
eliminate from the body

v make apparent by one's mood or behavior

“She exudes great confidence”
Type of:
evince, express, show
give expression to

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