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, 2014 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! :) Jan 1, 2014 at 18:31
  • Kit is being polite :). Jan 1, 2014 at 18:38
  • Perhaps you mean to use escalate?
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Jan 2, 2014 at 19:00

2 Answers 2


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?


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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