Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb formal British English pronunciation: emanate /ˈeməneɪt/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleemanating
past tenseemanated
past participleemanated
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to come from a particular place
    emanate from:

    She could hear raised voices emanating from her parents' room.

    Wonderful smells emanated from the kitchen.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if you emanate a lot of a quality or feeling, or if it emanates from you, you show it without expressing it in words
    emanate from:

    A sense of joy emanated from him.

derived word


 British English pronunciation: emanation /ˌeməˈneɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [countable/uncountable]
Word Forms

conscious uncoupling

the act of ending a marriage or romantic relationship in a way which shows that the two people will remain friends …

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


someone who studies the stars and planets using scientific equipment including telescopes

Open Dictionary

silver splitter

someone who divorces or separates from his/her partner in late middle age

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog