Definition of emanate in US English:



[no object]emanate from
  • 1(of something abstract but perceptible) issue or spread out from (a source)

    ‘warmth emanated from the fireplace’
    ‘she felt an undeniable charm emanating from him’
    • ‘If the book has a shortcoming, it is one that emanates from the source of its strength.’
    • ‘She briefly hesitates once again, as I feel a strange sensation that seems to emanate from where her hand touches my chest.’
    • ‘There was a gentle warmth emanating from him, and she wanted to be a part of it for a while.’
    • ‘My first order of business was to take off my coat and enjoy the warmth emanating from the radiator.’
    • ‘The advantage of this approach is that the entire wave field emanating from a seismic source can be considered.’
    • ‘A pale white glow began to emanate from my body, spreading like the very blood pumping through my veins.’
    • ‘A portrait bust of George Gershwin is shown on a pedestal, and dance music emanates from an unseen source.’
    • ‘Let's face it, it's no wonder we lack the words to describe the complex, fleeting sensations that emanate from a glass of wine.’
    • ‘He awoke the next morning to the delicious smell that emanated from the fireplace.’
    • ‘I could feel his breath against my ear and the warmth emanating from his body even though he seemed careful not to touch me.’
    • ‘But a kind of down-to-earth warmth emanates from more than his orange glow.’
    • ‘Besides, much of the film's charm emanates from its setting rather than its kitsch value.’
    • ‘The strength of nonviolence emanates from an understanding of the origins of power: all power derives from the consent of the governed.’
    • ‘It was the unfamiliar scent of vanilla and the warmth emanating from the heated water!’
    • ‘These are conceptualized as originating and emanating from the belly or the center of the body.’
    • ‘You use very distinct and textured musical scores that seem to emanate from the actual source.’
    • ‘I closed my eyes and lost myself in the slight warmth emanating from Ryan's body in the air of cold.’
    • ‘A researcher first noticed the signal while holding the animal in his hands: a buzzing sensation seemed to emanate from its body just in front of its forelimbs.’
    • ‘The warmth emanating from her glowing form told me that I had finally found my place in the universe.’
    emerge, flow, pour, proceed, issue, ensue, come out, come forth, spread out, come
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    1. 1.1 Originate from; be produced by.
      ‘the proposals emanated from a committee’
      • ‘The concept of world-woman or world spirit emanates from a humble origin - the roots of African American culture that value community and interpersonal relations as measures of success.’
      • ‘Your Honour, the issue of law emanates from what was plainly an error of fact.’
      • ‘It is disturbing when these guns may well have emanated from British military sources.’
      • ‘Prejudice makes me expect that nutty health scares emanate from the USA, but the original article in this case was German.’
      • ‘The challenges to the political power of many Middle Eastern states nowadays emanate from domestic and global sources as well as economic and social changes.’
      • ‘We are aware that the earth and the moon emanated from their original star, the sun.’
      • ‘Since claims can emanate from several sources, the IRS may have funds that belong to you.’
      • ‘Word soon spread of this sensational Sauvignon emanating from New Zealand that nobody could get hold of it.’
      • ‘You indicated earlier that complaints can emanate from a range of sources, and obviously, complaints can emanate from members of the public, you said that.’
      • ‘What if I said they all happened to have originally emanated from the Land Down Under?’
      • ‘The rules making up this body of law emanate from sources of international law (treaties, customary law, etc.)’
      • ‘Anti-Arab racism does not emanate from a single source, and certainly is not limited to passions stemming from the Arab-Israeli conflict.’
      • ‘Most attacks of remorse or conscience in their strongest form emanates from that source.’
      originate from, have its origins in, derive from, arise from, stem from, emanate from, proceed from, start from, issue from, evolve from, come from
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    2. 1.2with object Give out or emit (something abstract but perceptible)
      ‘he emanated a powerful brooding air’
      • ‘Experience the warmth that comes toward you, and you become aware that one can emanate this quality.’
      • ‘The combination emanated both heady romance and lightheartedness, two things she lacked entirely.’
      • ‘From her Oscar-nominated turn in Lorenzo's Oil in 1992 to her Mrs March in Little Women and, more recently, in Stepmom and Anywhere But Here, Sarandon emanates a maternal warmth on screen that few others can touch.’
      • ‘He had a deep scowl that emanated fierce anger and frustration.’
      • ‘Speed is not the attraction to this style of diving and trips emanate a laid-back feeling which is further enhanced by the crews - nothing gets done in a hurry, and it comes as a huge welcome that nothing needs to be.’
      • ‘He'd always had his mother, a sobering figure who emanated love and protection around her youngest son, her baby.’
      • ‘After a while, she stood up and walked toward the woman, her face emanating an intense feeling of sorrow yet of anger as well.’
      • ‘From these and Harms's other works, there emanates a feeling of exuberance, self-deprecating humor and cheerful absurdity.’
      • ‘Gord Downie is one of the few songwriters whose lyrics still emanate the qualities of poetry and Downie's literary allusions are many.’
      • ‘Her touch at his arm seemed to emanate a warmth which spread from there and throughout his body.’
      • ‘Kim was an exuberant, charismatic woman who emanated a warmth and generosity that was instantly recognizable.’
      • ‘His face emanates a still fury, sweat pouring freely from it as the door gently, excruciatingly, closes.’
      • ‘Effective use of space emanates a subtle feeling of comfort.’
      • ‘Its precise pacing, composition and camera movement and the minimalist yet powerful soundtrack reverberates and emanates a mood of incredible mystery and stillness.’
      • ‘Lit by three glimmering chandeliers, fragranced by fresh flowers and populated with antique bronzes, it emanates warmth and dignity.’
      • ‘She was quite plump, and emanated motherly love.’
      • ‘This intimate seaside village was built in the 1800s to be a resort for wealthy San Diegans, yet it emanates a feeling of relaxed welcome to all who visit.’
      • ‘I tossed Dad the key, grabbed my bag, and walked towards the school emanating confidence.’
      • ‘When not shooting, he was absolutely at peace, emanating a constant, joyful irony.’
      • ‘Like any great promoter, Joe Fitzgerald emanates unbridled enthusiasm.’
      exude, give off, give out, send out, send forth, pour out, throw out, spread, discharge, disgorge, emit, exhale, radiate
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Mid 18th century: from Latin emanat- ‘flowed out’, from the verb emanare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + manare ‘to flow’.