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English adjective: radiate

1. radiate arranged like rays or radii; radiating from a common center

SamplesRadial symmetry.
A starlike or stellate arrangement of petals.
Many cities show a radial pattern of main highways.

Synonymsradial, stellate

Similarsymmetric, symmetrical

Antonymsasymmetric, asymmetrical

2. radiate having rays or ray-like parts as in the flower heads of daisies


Antonymsunsubdivided, simple

English verb: radiate

1. radiate (weather) send out rays or waves

SamplesThe sun radiates heat.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
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Broader (hypernym)emit, give off, give out

2. radiate (change) send out real or metaphoric rays

SamplesShe radiates happiness.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)breathe, emit, pass off

3. radiate (stative) extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center

SamplesSpokes radiate from the hub of the wheel.
This plants radiate spines in all directions.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
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Broader (hypernym)extend, go, lead, pass, run

4. radiate (perception) have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

SamplesHer face glowed when she came out of the sauna.

Synonymsbeam, glow, shine

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)appear, look, seem

5. radiate (perception) cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays

SamplesThe sun is radiating.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)cause to be perceived

Narrower (hyponym)blink, flash, gleam, glimmer, glow, twinkle, wink, winkle

6. radiate (emotion) experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

SamplesShe was beaming with joy.
Her face radiated with happiness.

Synonymsbeam, glow, shine

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)experience, feel

7. radiate (change) issue or emerge in rays or waves

SamplesHeat radiated from the metal box.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
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Broader (hypernym)come forth, come out, egress, emerge, go forth, issue

8. radiate (change) spread into new habitats and produce variety or variegate

SamplesThe plants on this island diversified.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, vary

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