Are these two sentences correct?

But it did not take long before the problem started to emanate?

But it did not take long before the problem started to emanate itself?

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    I don't think it means what you think it means. – Kit Z. Fox Jan 1 '14 at 18:09
  • @Kitfox: Interesting ambiguity there. I think you know what it means (it's not that you don't think it means whatever OP thinks it does; you know it doesn't mean what you assume OP thinks it does! :) – FumbleFingers Jan 1 '14 at 18:31
  • Kit is being polite :). – Gurpreet K Sekhon Jan 1 '14 at 18:38
  • Perhaps you mean to use escalate? – Kit Z. Fox Jan 2 '14 at 19:00

The meaning of emanate as listed by Oxford Dictionary is:

1. [no object] (emanate from) (of a feeling, quality, or sensation) issue or spread out from (a source):
warmth emanated from the fireplace
she felt an undeniable charm emanating from him.
2. originate from; be produced by:
the proposals emanated from a committee
3. [with object] give out or emit (a feeling, quality, or sensation):
he emanated a powerful brooding air.

I do not think emanate, the way you have used it, fits any of these meanings. Neither sentence seems correct. Is manifest the word you are looking for, maybe?

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Both usages are incorrect. The word you are looking for is manifest or a synonym thereof. Emanate means to diffuse or radiate something from some source.

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