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
  1. verb
    release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
    exude sweat through the pores”
    synonyms: 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
  2. verb
    make apparent by one's mood or behavior
    “She exudes great confidence”
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    type of:
    evince, express, show
    give expression to
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