To emanate from something is to flow outward from it.
EM un ate
Part of speech:
(Like "sleep," "skydive," and "succeed," all intransitive verbs show complete action on their own and do not do action to an object. You sleep, you skydive, you succeed, and that’s it. You don’t "sleep a bed," "skydive a plane," or "succeed a plan".
Likewise, something emanates.)
Emanated, emanating, emanation.
(There's an adjective, "emanant," but it's not used anymore. Thank goodness! It'd get mixed up with imminent, eminent, and immanent.)
How to use it:
Talk about one thing emanating from its source, meaning that thing flows outward from that source or originates from it.
Literal things that emanate are liquids, gases, light, and sounds: rays emanating from the sun, steam emanating from the kettle, sparks emanating from a fire, music emanating from concert speakers.
Figurative things that emanate include feelings, moods, attitudes, ideas, energy, and so on: excitement emanating from the bleachers, melancholy emanating from his slumped posture, energy emanating from the conference table, happiness emanating from her smile, a thrilling sense of liberty emanating from the school bell.
I hear my daughter's laughter emanating from the family room. Also, Elmo songs.
A creepy, dark mood emanates from every sentence of Irving's story "The Devil and Tom Walker."
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "emanate" means when you can explain it without saying "shine out" or "flow from."
Think of a smell that you love, and fill in the blanks: "The smell of _____ emanating from _____ always makes me _____."
Example: "The smell of Chad's pumpkin bread emanating from the kitchen always makes me feel so at home."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
We're playing with clichés this month, examining the origins of some colorful ones. I’ll give you a cliché (some of which you might also call a proverb and/or an idiom) and pose a multiple-choice question about its origin. (I used this nifty book as a reference!)
Yesterday's question: By saying “don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” you mean people shouldn’t think of things as belonging to them until they actually do. Did we get this cliché from Aesop, the Bible, or a fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm?
Answer: It’s from one of Aesop’s stories. The references to both animals and foolishness probably tipped you off!
Try this one today: To “cross the Rubicon” is to agree to a commitment that you can’t go back on. Was it Washington, Napoleon, or Caesar who crossed the original Rubicon (a river) and started a war?
A Point Well Made:
Maya Angelou: “I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world's variety and uniqueness.”
1. The closest opposite of EMANATE is
A. BECOME LARGE
B. REMAIN HIDDEN
C. STAY ACTIVE
2. The _____ emanating from the _____ was practically tangible.
A. tension .. contestants B. reward .. excitement
C. stage .. enthusiasm
Answers are below.
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Today's "emanate," meaning "to radiate outward," is a beautiful word that calls to mind rays of sunshine, waves of sound, and beams of happiness. (It doesn't always describe lovely things--it just often does.)
Let's say you needed to talk about things flowing outward, but it's nasty stuff instead of sunshine or happiness. What noun would you use? Probably "eff______."
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